Duke’s Jahlil Okafor officially declares for NBA Draft


Likely lottery picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein were among seven Kentucky players in total who made what was expected official on Thursday by declaring for the NBA Draft.

Duke’s Jahlil Okafor did the exact same thing.

From the official release (via CBT):

“As early as I can remember, I’ve fantasized and dreamed of the day that I could play professional basketball,” said Okafor. “ I recall at the age of six, promising my mom and dad that when I made it to the NBA I would buy them both different colored trucks. They would laugh with me in support and encouraged me to dream big and work hard. With that being said and now at the age of 19, my dream is still alive!  My freshman year has been an amazing experience to say the least. It exceeded my expectations! I love Cameron and Duke University! I can’t thank my coaches, teammates and family enough for making this year so special and helping me grow on and off the court. With Coach K’s and my family’s blessing I will be fulfilling my life-long dream and proudly entering my name into the NBA draft.”

Okafor was penciled in as the number one overall pick for most of the season, but Towns has surpassed him there in many experts’ eyes. There’s an argument to be made for Okafor, but we’ll have to see how the draft lottery shakes out before trying to read the tea leaves to figure out whose name Adam Silver will call first on June 25.