Okafor remains high on Arizona

Jahlil Okafor is one of the top players in the country in his class. Read on for his thoughts on Arizona, recruiting, and more.

Arizona is now known to be one of the elite schools out on the recruiting trail and head coach Sean Miller and his staff are making sure that it translates onto the court as well.

In the class of 2014 there are several elite players making a name for themselves early and Arizona is on one big man out of Whitney Young High School in Chicago. Jahlil Okafor continues to attract a lot of attention and after his visit to Arizona in September, the Wildcats remain in good shape.

Schools like Kentucky, Duke and Louisville are all vying for the services of the 6-foot-8, 225-pound big man. While it remains early in his recruitment, an outlook at the professional level helps keep Okafor interested in Arizona.

"Arizona puts out the most pros," said Okafor. "Plus, they just had the number two pick in the draft in Derrick Williams, who happens to be a power forward too."

Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson is key in this recruitment and Okafor says that Richardson's ability to be real with him is very appealing.

"Coach Book is a really cool guy that tells you the truth about the program and is just real with you," Okafor explained. "He told me how the program can benefit me and how I can benefit the program, which I like."

Sean Miller's ability to close on high profile recruits is not taken lightly by other schools in the nation and with good reason. He may have just inked one of Arizona's most talented classes ever for 2012.

Okafor says Miller's interaction with the players is a major reason why he is a likable guy.

"I got a chance to sit down with Miller on my visit and I love how he interacts with his players," said Okafor. "I got to ask the players if he's like that all the time and they told me yes."

Though only in the class of 2014, Okafor is still being looked upon to be a big time factor for Whitney Young this season. That type of maturity for a young man is something that all coaches love to see.

You already see that the best schools in the nation are recruiting Okafor. After his unofficial visit to Arizona, the number two prospect in the class of 2014, according to Scout.com, took a visit to Ohio State and is not done this season.

He says he is just getting familiar with a lot of different schools and is still very wide open at this point. In fact, he just visited a major program this past weekend and expects to see more in the next month.

"I just visited Duke, which was a good trip and we play in Kentucky, so I will visit Kentucky's campus when I get there," explained Okafor. "We also play in Louisville, so I will use that time to see the campus as well."

It will be an advantage for Okafor to unofficially visit many big name schools now as he can see what he really likes in certain schools early. He doesn't plan on making a decision until his senior year of high school, but is on the path to really be able to pick from any school that he wants.


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