Okafor Has Next In Chicago

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Jahlil Okafor, a 6-foot-8 post prospect, has the look of one of the top 2014 prospects. Scout.com caught up with him during a fall league game.

Last year it was freshman Jabari Parker, Tommy Hamilton and Alex Foster that drew rave reviews as they entered high school. This year Jahlil Okafor is the popular newcomer.

The buzz around Okafor, a 6-foot-8, 255-pound center who will attend Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young, is building.

Over the weekend Scout.com caught the 14-year old freshman taking the court in a fall league game at Joy of the Game.

His size was the first thing to standout, as he has a similar frame to 2010 standout Jared Sullinger. Okafor has a wide, but strong lower frame, and he's equipped with a pair of long arms.

Okafor, who proved he was a solid athlete, has huge hands that caught everything thrown to him inside. When he got touches around the basket he scored and even showed a jump hook.

"I have OK footwork in the post," Okafor said when asked to describe his game. "I can score, rebound and I'm working on my defense right now."

Two weeks ago Okafor traveled to Colorado Springs (Colo.) for the USA Basketball U16 Mini-Camp.

"It was good," Okafor said. "I played some of the top players in the country. It let me know that there are a lot of other good players in the country and that I have to work hard to get better."

"I think I did pretty well," he added. "There were a few other guys my height, but they didn't have good foot work."

Despite having not played a high school game, he's already heard from high major schools including Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgetown, Michigan State and DePaul. He also took a visit to Illinois this past weekend.

"It was fun," he said of his visit. "They had a dunk contest and a scrimmage. It was fun. That was my first time going to a midnight madness."

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