Okafor Claims UNC Offer

The nation's top sophomore center apparently received a North Carolina scholarship over the weekend.

According to sources close to the Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young coaching staff, Jahlil Okafor's father says he was informed of the offer in a phone call from Roy Williams.

Okafor was in Chapel Hill with his teammates on Dec. 18, stopping by UNC en route to a tournament in Fayetteville. The 6-9 big man got an opportunity to chat with Williams and watch a UNC practice.

"People in North Carolina are real nice, so I like being here," Okafor said at the conclusion of his trip. "We got to witness all of the legends that came through North Carolina. We also got to speak with Roy Williams."

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

Two weeks later, the Tar Heel head coach watched part of Okafor's 36-point (14-of-16 from the field), 14-rebound performance at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach.

Scout.com's Evan Daniels was courtside and filed the following report: "This was as dominant as a performance I've seen during the high school season. Sure, Lexington (S.C.) High didn't have anyone close to Okafor's size, but the sophomore put on a show in the paint scoring at will and rebounding every ball in his area.

"Okafor has a great set of hands and terrific footwork. He has great feel and awareness around the basket. His touch stands out and he's capable of scoring it with either hand around the rim. An elite post prospect, Okafor can take bumps and can score it off turnaround jumpers as well. He's the top center in the 2014 class."

As of last month, Okafor had noted UNC's interest but cited his long list of offering schools as pursuing him far harder. Those offers include Arizona, Arkansas, Duke, Illinois, Kansas State, Missouri, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story ...

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* Jahlil Okafor Profile


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