What’s next for Joel Okafor after representing IndyStar.com’s Junior All-Stars for a week?
The Richmond High School standout returns to Richmond’s summer program today after playing in the All-Stars series.
Okafor, a rising senior at Richmond, had a team-high six assists as the Junior All-Stars defeated Kentucky 113-101 last Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
He scored seven points in Wednesday’s 124-102 loss to the Indiana All-Stars.
Today, he said he travels with Richmond for a shootout at Ball State University as he hopes to make his senior season even more memorable than his recently completed junior campaign.
“(Wednesday), it was pretty fun playing against the seniors and being able to be a part of everything,” Okafor said. ” … It was pretty fun, and it was memorable.”
Okafor helped the Red Devils to a memorable winter as a junior.
The all-North Central Conference selection averaged 8.5 points, six assists and 2.1 steals per game as he helped the Red Devils finish 22-3 last season and 6-0 in the NCC.
The Red Devils won their first conference championship since 2002, and first outright since 1988. They also captured a Class 4A sectional championship, the program’s first sectional title since 1996.
“Thinking about it being my last season, I just want to do anything to make sure we get the conference,” Okafor said. “That’s always good to win the conference. We’d like to do it again, and win the sectional and the regional and play against good competition, get deep in the tournament. That’s my goal.”
Okafor also had three steals, a block and a rebound Wednesday.
Park Tudor’s Trevon Bluiett had 44 points and 12 rebounds to lead the seniors, while Logansport’s Whitney Jennings had 17 points as the Indiana All-Star girls defeated the Junior All-Stars 73-71.
Marion’s James Blackmon Jr. had 28 points for the senior boys, Jeremie Tyler of Indianapolis Arsenal Tech had 16 and Sean Sellers of Greensburg had 12.
Josh Speidel of Columbus North had 17 to lead the juniors, Jordan Geist of Penn had 13, Hyron Edwards of East Chicago Central had 12, Gary Bonds of Scecina had 11 and Brennan Gillis of Ben Davis had 10.
Mr. Basketball winner Trey Lyles of Indianapolis Tech did not play because of illness.
Bluiett and Blackmon Jr. were also Mr. Basketball finalists.
“It was fun going against the second and the third Mr. Basketball,” Okafor said. “Being in the same courts with them, playing against those guys, some of my AAU teammates, I get to play against the guys I play with.”
Okafor said his AAU team is ranked sixth in the nation.
“Just looking forward to July and looking forward to this June,” Okafor said. “We have a shootout (today), playing four games and looking forward to spending time with my teammates, getting to know the JV guys that’s coming up and just doing what I can to help the team.”