Nation's No. 1 ready to make impact

As a senior Jahlil Okafor is focused on a state title, but he still has eye one looking toward his time at Duke.

The No. 1 ranked prospect in the class of 2014 is Jahlil Okafor. The Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young standout has been off to his usual very good start as a senior, and now he is ready to make an impact at Duke.

Things didn't go as well at the start of the season for Whitney Young as they expected, so Okafor and his teammates let the calendar flipping to 2014 serve as the start of a "new season" for them.

"We viewed the New Year as a new start because our December wasn't all that great," said Okafor. "The coaches told us that we need to have a great year this year and put 2013 in the past. We are 1-0 right now, and we didn't want to start out the year with a loss."

Though he has faced constant double and triple teams, Okafor has still be a double-double machine. That said, he feels he can play better than he has to start the year.

"I've been doing decent," said Okafor of his individual play. "I am starting to adjust. We have a few new guys on the team so we all are adjusting. I think I have done a decent job."

A Duke commitment, Okafor watches the Blue Devils as much as possible, and the 6-foot-11 and 260 pound center says it can be tough given how perimeter oriented they have to be this season.

"Honestly it is kind of frustrating because I wish I could be helping them out," explained Okafor. "They haven't had a ton of production from their big men, so I know I could help."

For now Okafor is focused on winning a state title while also keeping his eye to Durham to see how his future teammates are doing.

One thing is for sure, Okafor will definitely be able to come in right away and provide some help that the Blue Devils just do not have this season.


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