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CHICAGO --- Jahlil Okafor's season at Whitney Young came to an end on Tuesday night. With that, the sophomore has a few weeks off to prepare to take center stage on the AAU circuit.

The majority of the nation's top programs are sure to be courtside when Okafor, the top-ranked center in the 2014 class, suits up during next month's new open period -- North Carolina included.

Okafor toured UNC and met briefly with UNC head coach Roy Williams in December while in the state for an event in Fayetteville. Williams caught some of Okafor in action at the Beach Ball Classic later that month.

"They offered me during the season, but I haven't spoken with them much since," Okafor said of the Tar Heels' interest.

While Jahlil hasn't spoken with Roy Williams since the campus visit, it is Jahlil's father, Chuck, that has been handling the bulk of his recruitment. Chuck claims the offer came from Williams by way of a phone call in January.

"I spoke with Roy after one of our coaches (at Whitney Young) told me to contact him," Chuck Okafor said. "We spoke for about 20-to-25 minutes. He told me he saw Jahlil play about two or three times, said he was very impressed. He said he would love to have (Jahlil) and offered him a scholarship. Then he told me to stay in contact with him."

Since that phone conversation, North Carolina assistant C.B. McGrath visited Chicago to watch Jahlil play at the Whitney Young Shootout on Jan. 22. But with the high school season in full swing and the major recruitment of Jahlil only beginning, the Okafors have opted to take a slow-and-easy approach.

"(Coaches) can't contact me, so I haven't really been contacting any colleges," Chuck said. "We're not looking to make any kind of decision at this point. There's no time frame on the decision. When the best situation comes up, we'll go ahead and make that decision. Right now we're likely looking at waiting until senior year."

Though a decision is a ways away, Jahlil still knows what he is looking for in a future program.

"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." he said.

Chuck added: "He has offers from pretty much every high-major school in the country right now. I just want him to enjoy this before it becomes serious."

One look at the lineup of coaches watching him in April will make his recruitment hard to ignore.

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