Okafor Holding His Ground

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Jahlil Okafor lived up to his billing as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2014 at the Nike Extravaganza this past weekend.

Up against Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, Okafor showed why he's such a highly regarded post prospect.

At 6-foot-8, 245-pounds, Okafor has a big, strong frame and is able to carve out space in the post. Once he catches the ball on the block, he is dangerous over his left shoulder and has tremendous footwork.

"It's something I've been working on since the eighth grade," Okafor said about scoring on the block. "I spent a lot of time working on it over the summer. It's something I'm really confident in."

And he should be. Okafor's scoring touch is getting better and better and his confidence in his ability to score on the block is growing.

The five-star prospect already has the likes of North Carolina, Arizona, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan, UConn and Georgetown coming after him.

Okafor stopped by UNC in December while in the state for an event in Fayetteville, getting a tour of the campus and chatting briefly with head coach Roy Williams.

"I visited there with my teammates," Okafor said. "I really liked it. They had a pretty good Hall of Fame -- I liked that a lot."

Okafor said he's been following UNC since he was in the second grade.

"I like them a lot," he said. "It's a school I've always been looking at. That was one of the first colleges I've watched since about the second grade. Michael Jordan, he's my favorite player ever so I really like North Carolina."

Williams caught some of Okafor in action at the Beach Ball Classic in December, and a UNC assistant coach was recently in attendance for a game at Whitney Young.

Okafor hasn't spoken to Roy Williams since that on-campus chat back in December, but said his father informed him that Williams made a scholarship offer during a phone conversation a month ago.

With his high school season in full swing and college basketball in the middle of conference play, Okafor said the recruiting process has taken a back seat.

"Right now it's going pretty slow since it's the middle of the college basketball season," he said.

Although it's not something at the front of his mind, Okafor does know what he's looking for. He wants to play for a school that can develop him.

"Just a history of producing good big men, producing players and developing them for the NBA, and a good academic program."

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