Okafor Taken Third Overall By The Sixers

Jahlil Okafor was drafted by Philadelphia with the third overall pick on Thursday

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Duke's Jahlil Okafor was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday. Okafor is the 19th NBA Draft Lottery selection and the 29th first round selection under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"It is an honor to be selected by the 76ers,” said Okafor. “I am looking forward to getting to Philadelphia and working with the coaching staff and my new teammates. Now that my dream of reaching the NBA has arrived, I am focused on becoming the best player and teammate I can be."

Okafor, the 17th consensus first team All-America selection under Krzyzewski, helped lead Duke to a 35-4 record and the program’s fifth NCAA Championship. He averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game while collecting numerous honors including National Freshman of the Year and ACC Player & Freshman of the Year. Okafor is the first freshman in league history to be named ACC Player of the Year.

Okafor ranked eighth in the nation in field goal percentage (.664) and 19th in the country in offensive rebounds (3.53 orpg.). The Chicago native set Duke freshman records for double-figure scoring games (35), total rebounds (322), offensive rebounds (134) and dunks (64). Okafor scored 20 or more points 14 times, including a season-high 30 points in an overtime win at Virginia Tech. He added 11 double-doubles and secured five or more offensive rebounds in 11 contests. On Dec. 15, Okafor became just the third freshman in ACC history, and the first since Joe Smith in 1994, to score 20-plus points and bring down 20 or more rebounds in the same game.

In NCAA Tournament play, Okafor averaged a team-best 15.0 points on 63.5 percent shooting from the field. He also contributed 5.7 rebounds per game with 10 blocked shots. Okafor scored 47 points on the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the most points by a Duke freshman in the first two games of the tournament. Okafor scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in Duke’s national semifinal win over Michigan State. He battled foul trouble throughout the title game victory over Wisconsin and finished with just 10 points, but scored two key baskets during Duke’s 12-5 run over the final 4:06 of play.


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