Jahlil Obika Okafor (born 15 December 1995) is a Nigerian professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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, Brooklyn Nets, and the New Orleans Pelicans.
It is headlined by Detroit Piston Centre, Jahlil Okafor, who is in line to make his international debut for Nigeria. Okafor will represent Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics.
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 (CPL) city championship. He was an All-American as a junior in 2013. The following summer, he was an All-Tournament team selection at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, for the gold-medal Team USA. Following his senior season, he earned broad All-American recognition and was named national player of the year by Parade, USA Today and McDonald’s among other players. He signed with Duke as a package with Tyus Jones, with widespread recognition as the preseason Collegiate National Player of the Year.
At Duke, he earned the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and ACC Player of the Year, and a unanimous 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball All-American first-team selection. In the week following Duke’s victory in the championship game of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament against Wisconsin, Okafor announced that he would enter the NBA draft.
Okafor was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His father, Chukwudi, known as Chuck, is a second-generation Nigerian American of Igbo descent, and his mother, Dacresha Lanett Benton, was African-American and European-American. As a youth, Okafor split time between his mother’s home in the town of Moffett, Oklahoma and his father’s home in Chicago. When he was 9 years old, his mother contracted bronchitis and died two weeks later from a collapsed lung. Okafor permanently moved in with his father to the South Side of Chicago and then to Rosemont. Okafor attended Rosemont Elementary. The adjustment was difficult because he was shy and so tall that other students thought he was put in the class for having failed. In November 2008, during seventh grade he matched his father’s height of 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m). Later the family moved to Chicago’s North Side so that Okafor could attend Whitney Young High School.
As a 6-foot-7-inch (2.01 m) eighth-grader, Okafor was recruited by DePaul Blue Demons men’s basketball in violation of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recruiting rules when DePaul Athletic Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto made public comments about an offer. Initially, interim coach Tracy Webster, made an oral offer on January 30 outside the DePaul locker room at Allstate Arena. The offer was noted online by ESPNChicago.com and picked up by the press, leading to the problematic statements by Ponsetto.
As of 2021, Jahlil Okafor is not yet married. We don’t have much information if Jahlil Okafor has a girlfriend or not.
Jahlil Okafor net worth as of 2021 is estimated at $1.5 million (net worth estimated in 2021).
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