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Duke Recruit Jahlil Okafor is McDonald’s All-American National Player of the Year


Apr. 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Varsity basketball team member Jahlil Okafor poses at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago. Okafor, a 6 foot 10 inch junior who plays the center position, is poised to become one of the top basketball recruits for college teams in the country. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Duke-bound center Jahlil Okafor of Chicago Whitney Young was named the McDonald’s All-American Player of the Year, the organization tweeted on Tuesday.

This is hardly a breaking-news bulletin, but Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski sure can pick ’em. Okafor tops the Rivals.com ranking of the 2014 recruiting class, and headlines an absolutely stellar incoming crop of Blue Devils that also includes top-10 prospects guard Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn.) and forward Justise Winslow (Houston St. Johns).

Jones told CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish last summer that he and Okafor both opted to sign with Duke to make history.

“I guess when you look at it like that, it is kind of rare [for top five recruits to pick the same school,” he said. “But that’s what we’re going to do. We’re trying to accomplish something at the next level. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

The 6-foot-10 Okafor played for Team USA’s Under-19 national team last summer in Budapest alongside such noteworthy collegiate standouts as Arizona’s Aaron Gordon, Florida’s Michael Frazier, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell. Future Duke teammates Winslow and Rasheed Sulaimon were also on the squad.

Okafor was the team’s second-leading scorer and rebounder at 10.8 points and 4.8 boards per game.

He dominated his prep competition in the talent-rich Chicago scene, as the McDonald’s All-America Twitter account notes.