Jahlil Okafor is always looking to dominate

Jahlil Okafor is always looking to dominate


Jahlil Okafor is always looking to dominate


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.

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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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