Jahlil Obika Okafor is an American-Nigerian professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He played his freshman season of college for the 2014–15 Duke national championship team. He was selected with the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He has previously played in the NBA for the 76ers and Brooklyn Nets. Okafor had been heavily recruited before high school and was at the top of the recruiting rankings for several years. He played high school basketball in Chicago, Illinois for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, where he earned high school national player of the year awards from McDonald's, USA Today and Parade. At the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Cup, he earned the Tournament MVP for the gold-medal winning USA team. In 2013, Okafor led Whitney Young to the 2013 Chicago Public High School League city championship. He was an All-American as a junior in 2013.
|Born:||December 14, 1995, Chicago, Illinois|
|Nationality:||American / Nigerian|
|Listed height:||6 ft 10 in|
|Listed weight:||270 lb|
|High school:||Whitney Young (Chicago, Illinois)|
|NBA draft:||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3, Philadelphia 76ers|
|Team:||New Orleans Pelicans|
About Jahlil Okafor
Center who helped Duke University capture an NCAA Championship in 2015, his freshman season. He was selected third overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
He helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
As a senior at Whitney Young High School, he was named the Parade National Player of the Year. In his rookie year in the NBA, he averaged 17.5 points per game.
He was born to Dacresha Lanett Benton and Chukwudi Okafor-Conley, and his aunt, Chinyere Okafor-Conley, helped raise him after his mother died. He has a sister named Jalen and brothers named Jamonte and Ashondre.
He was childhood friends with future Duke teammate Tyus Jones.
Information related to Jahlil Okafor
- Whitney M. Young Magnet High School alumni
- Basketball players at the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Final Four
- New Orleans Pelicans players
- Brooklyn Nets players
- Igbo sportspeople
- Duke Blue Devils men's basketball players
- Philadelphia 76ers draft picks
- Philadelphia 76ers players