HoopsHype Jahlil Okafor rumors


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In a manner of speaking, he could do that by staying at Duke a while longer. Like Tim Duncan famously did years ago at Wake Forest. Like Peyton Manning did at Tennessee or, more recently, Andrew Luck at Stanford. Hey, anything’s possible. “I know I’ll be in position to live my dream in the NBA or live my dream and stay here at Duke with people who truly love me,” he said. “I totally feel comfortable with staying here in college, and my family wouldn’t care one bit as long as I’m happy. They know how much I love being here. “I love everything about Duke. I wish I could just stop time and be able to enjoy this as much as I can.” Chicago Sun-Times

February 8, 2015 Updates

Dean Smith has died at 83, the University of North Carolina has announced. “Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” said his family in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.” The Big Lead

February 5, 2015 Updates

Q: If the Sixers get the top pick does it make sense for them to trade down, get a guy like Russell and another top 10 pick? Chad Ford: They are one of a handful of teams that doesn't really need Okafor. They drafted Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid the last two drafts and both of them are centers. I still hear that Okafor would be the guy, in part, because the Sixers aren't sold either Noel or Embiid are going to be elite players. So, I still think, as of February 5th, they'd take Okafor. But a lot can change over the next few months and, on paper, Russell is the best fit given the Sixers current personnel. They could use a terrific shooter in the backcourt and a MCW/Russell backcourt could be awesome. ESPN.com

January 25, 2015 Updates

Jahlil Okafor, the 6-foot-11, 270-pound 19-year-old Duke freshman phenom from Chicago. “I’ve talked to over two dozen NBA general managers and scouts, asking who they would take No. 1 if the draft was held today, and every single scenario that answer was Okafor,” ESPN draft insider Chad Ford said in a phone interview. “Okafor is the guy right now. He’s the most dominant college basketball player in the country.” New York Post

“I think there’s a significant gap between him and everybody else,” said one NBA scout who has seen Okafor several times. “I don’t think there’s any question that he’s the best college player this year. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s skilled. He’s worked on his body from high school to college. Every time I see him he looks thinner. “The thing that stands out when you watch him him workout is [that] his touch out to 10-to-12 feet is pretty amazing for a guy whose hands are as big as they are.” New York Post

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So “Lose More for Okafor’’ has become something of a battle cry for Knick draftniks. The Knicks have three more losses than the Sixers, but a better winning percentage. Fran Fraschilla, an ESPN college basketball analyst, says the 6-foot-11 Okafor may just be worth the hype. “I think so,’’ Franschilla told The Post. “At worst, you’re getting a young Al Jefferson — an 18 and 10 guy. At best, Tim Duncan. He’s got potential to be a franchise player. Odds are it’s somewhere in-between.’’ New York Post

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had just finished praising his potential one-and-done players Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones when he climbed down off the podium at Barclays Center and told me tanking for star players like them is “stupid.” “It’s stupid to have it because one, you don’t know if you are going to get somebody and it’s a disservice to your fans,” Coach K told me after his No.-4 ranked Duke team beat Stanford, 70-59, to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Some 50 NBA personnel, including Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge and Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough, were in attendance. ZagsBlog.com

Sixers fans are quick to point out that Philly has already drafted two big men in the last two drafts in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. But several NBA sources said Philly could easily trade one of their current bigs if they opt to draft Okafor at No. 1 (assuming they get the No. 1 pick). “They will probably trade one of the bigs they currently have instead of Okafor,” one NBA source said. ZagsBlog.com

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