Okafor looking hard at Arizona

Jahlil Okafor is one of the top players in the country regardless of class. Read on to see the four schools that have been around the longest, what he thinks of Arizona, and more.

Numerous players came out to Oakland EYBL feeling as if they had something to prove. For 6-foot-9, 255-pound Chicago Whitney Young center Jahlil Okafor, there isn't much his game hasn't already proven.

The second-ranked player in the class of 2014 dominated the majority of games he participated in this past weekend and agreed with the assessment that he has been playing well.

"I think I have been playing very well," Okafor said. "With so many great players on my team, it is very easy. I think I have been doing well trying to score when I have the ball in the post."

Okafor is on the same team as Jabari Parker and it allows him to fit into a role rather than having to be the dominant player on his Mac Irvin AAU squad.

"In my high school game there is more pressure on me because we don't have as many players, so here I just play my role," Okafor said. "There's nothing I am really just trying to prove at EYBL, but I am working on improving defense so I can become dominant on the defensive end and not just on offense."

It is no surprise that every school in the country would like to land Okafor and he says that he has enjoyed the process so far.

"I am pretty much hearing and talking to everybody right now," he said. "It is great and very humbling. It is crazy to think about being able to have colleges contacting me instead of me having to go out of my way to contact them."

There currently are no favorites in Okafor's recruitment, but there are four schools that have emerged in terms of recruiting him the most consistently.

"I wouldn't say there are any schools that are recruiting me harder than others, but there have been some that are the most consistent like Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Arizona," Okafor said. "Those schools have been recruiting me since my freshman year."

Okafor likes Arizona for numerous reasons, including the fact that he has already taken an unofficial to the campus.

"Coach Book (Richardson) is a really funny guy," he said. "I took a visit down there last year and once I see Derrick Williams going in there not ranked in the Top 100 and leaving and getting drafted so high, it shows they can develop their big men and that is something I really look at."

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