Top Center Visits Chapel Hill

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- Before participating in the "Clash at Capel" on Saturday, Jahlil Okafor and his Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young teammates stopped in Chapel Hill to visit UNC.

Okafor, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound sophomore, is Scout.com's top-rated center in the class of 2014.

"We came to North Carolina about three weeks ago (for a game in Kinston), so this isn't my first time here," said Okafor. "People in North Carolina are real nice, so I like being here."

Upon arriving at UNC, Okafor and his teammates visited sites around the town and toured the Smith Center.

"We got to witness all of the legends that came through North Carolina," Okafor said. "We also got to speak with (UNC head coach) Roy Williams."

After a brief conversation with Williams, Okafor's team watched the Tar Heels' practice.

In particular, Okafor noted the attention UNC post players John Henson and Tyler Zeller received.

"It was really nice, because they pulled Tyler Zeller and John Henson aside and did some individual work with them," he said. "The practice was so organized, it was just weird compared to high school basketball."

Still more than two years from enrolling in college, Okafor has offers from programs like Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas State, Missouri, Wisconsin, Duke and Ohio State.

Carolina assistant coaches have contacted Okafor, and watched him several times this summer.

"They're not talking to me that hard," Okafor said of UNC's interest. "But their rival Duke has offered me, but North Carolina hasn't offered or talked to me that much."

Still, Okafor said he'd be willing to listen if UNC decided to increase its interest in him.

"Anyone that shows interest in me, I'll most definitely show interest in them."

Okafor said he's looking for several things in a college home, including a great coaching staff, high-level academics and an ability to develop big men.

"Also, I don't want to go to school by myself," he said. "I'm also going to bring in a point guard with me. Tyus Jones is the No. 1 point guard in my class and we're trying to go to college together."

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