When Whitney Young (Chicago) center Jahlil Okafor made the American Family Insurance ALL-USA first team, he couldn’t help but notice that he was the only underclassmen.
“I’m just honored to even be considered for the ALL-USA team,” said Okafor, who averaged 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks a game to lead Whitney Young to a city title. “It’s cool to be honored with all of those other great players. I just try and learn as much as I can from what they’ve done before me. I always want to learn as much as I can about the game.”
To help Okafor expand his knowledge even more and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ALL-USA boys basketball team, we set him up with 2009 ALL-USA first teamer and former No. 1 overall pick John Wall, who averaged 18.4 points, 7.7 assists and four rebounds per game in his second season with the Washington Wizards.
Okafor grilled Wall on everything from how it felt to make ALL-USA first team to his best memory at Kentucky.
Okafor: When you made ALL-USA first team how did you feel?
John Wall: It felt great! It was a big honor to make first team ALL-USA. It was truly a humbling experience.
Okafor: Did you feel pressure to perform at an even higher level after that?
John Wall: Yeah, in a way, I think so, but I feel like you should always be trying to take it up to another level since you love the game and you’re a top player.
Okafor: How did you handle the big expectations in college?
John Wall: I just went out and played my game. I’m a little different; those types of things just motivate me even more.
Okafor: What was your best college memory?
John Wall: That’s a tough one. I’d have to say either Big Blue Madness or the NCAA Tournament. Big Blue Madness was just crazy. You’ve got 24,000 screaming fans and then I had the dance; plus that’s the first time I really got to interact with the fans. The tournament was great too.
Okafor: What do you wish you knew when you were my age that you know now?
John Wall: Just the way I’m reading and figuring out the game a lot easier now.
Okafor: Thanks for your time.
Wall: Any time!
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