Jahlil Okafor only has one goal in mind when he steps onto the court – dominate.
Okafor, a preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection, has done just that this season, coming through for the Dolphins against some of the country’s best teams and players.
Okafor, who is ranked No. 2 in the ESPN 60, is the focus of this week's American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch. Until April, when the postseason ALL-USA boys basketball team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This week’s player: Whitney Young (Chicago) junior center Jahlil Okafor
2012 stats thus far: Okafor, a 6-foot-11 center, is averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds and three assists per game this season for the Dolphins (6-1), who are ranked No. 14 in the Super 25. In their only loss of the season, 68-63 in overtime to No. 2 Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) at the City of Palms Classic last week, Okafor scored 16 points and snagged 13 rebounds.
Best Games: On Dec. 1, the Dolphins kicked off the season against DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.). Okafor led the Dolphins to a 72-58 win, scoring 34 points, grabbing nine rebounds and swapping four steals. On Dec. 12, Okafor scored 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 99-32 win over Douglass Academy (Chicago).
Others’ Take: “Jahlil is just a monster down there in the paint,” said Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.) point guard Tyus Jones. “He’s got a lot of different post moves so you can’t just key in on one thing to stop him. When he decides he’s gonna score, that’s what’s gonna happen.”
Look Out For: Douglas (Oklahoma City, Okla.) point guard Stephen Clark is dominating so far this season. Clark, a senior who is committed to Oklahoma State, is averaging 35 points and 12 assists a game. Clark opened the season with 87 points through his first two games.
Also Look Out For: Moss Point (Moss Point, Miss.) junior shooting guard Devin Booker. Booker is averaging 33 points a game and has put up 48 points and 49 points in two games this season.
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