As Scout.com's No. 2 player in the 2014 class, expectations have been high for Jahlil Okafor. Although Whitney Young was recently eliminated in the IHSA Class 4A state playoffs to rival Simeon and Blue Devil target Jabari Parker, Okafor and his teammates still had a successful season.
Okafor garnered Chicago Sun-Times All-Area honors and was also named Second Team All-Public League by the paper.
"We went through some tough times this season," Jahlil said. "But we stayed together and played together."
Coach K took in Jahlil and Whitney Young's final game of the season and the Devils have been after Okafor for a few months.
"Earlier in the year before the college season started they were recruiting me pretty hard," Jahlil said of Duke's recruitment. "But it's pretty much slowed down since the season started."
Jahlil's father, Chuck, has also been in contact with Duke coaches.
"I spoke with Coach K a couple of times recently," Chuck said.
The elder Okafor also acknowledged that Duke has offered Jahlil a scholarship but a decision is not looming.
"He has offers from nearly every high-major school in the country right now," Chuck said. "Jahlil is just worried about getting better at this point in time. Next year, we'll really start looking at schools harder when he's able to examine them a little bit more. But right now he's just enjoying it."
Jahlil still know what he wants in a future college program, though.
"I'm looking for a good coaching staff, a place that can develop me as a player, and also a good academic plan for me and my family." Jahlil said.
He also has a close relationship with fellow Duke target and elite 2014 point guard Tyus Jones. Jones, a native of Minnesota, has played with Jahlil before through USA Basketball.
"(Tyus) is one of my best friends and we plan on going to college together," Jahlil said. "We talk about (playing together) a lot."