2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

Jahlil Okafor

Position: Center
Height: 6-10 / 208 cms
Weight: 280 lbs / 127 kgs
School: Whitney Young High School ‘14
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honors: 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship MVP, All-FIBA U17 World Championship Team.
  • Gold Medals: 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that compiled an 8-0 record en route to earning the FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal in Kaunas, Lithuania; averaged 13.6 ppg. and a tournament seventh-best 8.3 rpg., while shooting 59.5 percent (47-79 FGs) from the field to rank second among the 16-team tournament.
  • Helped the U.S. U17 squad claim a pair of exhibition victories over Australia and Latvia in Las Palmas, Canary Islands; averaged 22.5 ppg. and 10.5 rpg. and was named MVP of the four-team tournament.
  • Participated in the 2011 USA Developmental National Team training camp, held Oct. 15-16 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Member of the 2011 USA U16 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record, captured the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.
  • Started all five games and averaged a team third-best 14.6 ppg. and second-best 9.2 rpg., which ranked eighth and third, respectively, among the eight-team field; also shot a tournament second-best 71.1 percent (27-38 FGs) from the field and a tournament eighth-best 82.6 percent (19-23 FTs) from the line.
  • Named to the 2011-12 USA Developmental National Team on March 24, 2011.
  • Participated in the 2010 USA Developmental National Team mini-camp, held Oct. 9-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

College Notes

  • Lists Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, DePaul, Georgetown, Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, NC State and Ohio State among his college choices.

High School Honors

  • Associated Press All-State Class 4A second team (2012).
  • All-state first team (2012).
  • All-Illinois Class 4A (2012).
  • Chicago Sun-Times All-Area (2012).
  • All-Public League second team (2012).

High School Notes

  • Attends Whitney Young High School (Ill), where as a freshman in 2010-11 he aided his team to a 20-10 record; started three of 30 games and averaged 7.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 2.0 bpg.
  • Lists single-game bests of 22 points versus Manley High School and 11 rebounds versus Perspective Charter School.
  • Plays in the summer for Mac Irvin Fire.

Personal Notes

  • Born on Dec. 15, 1995.
  • Son of Dacresh Lanett Benton and Chukwudi Obika Okafor; has two younger brothers, Jamonte and Ashondre, and one older sister, Jalen.
  • Distant cousin of 2004 Olympian Emeka Okafor, who also played for USA Basketball at the 2003 Pan American Games.
  • Boasts a 3.4 GPA.
  • Nicknames are Ja Ja, Big J and Little Sully.
  • Wants to get a big dog as a pet, possibly a Rottweiler.
  • First car will likely be a Honda, but would someday like to own a Cadillac Escalade.
  • Tweets under the handle @jahprobound.

The Inside Scoop

  • Post-basketball career ambitions: get into radio or TV broadcasting, or become a veterinarian.
  • Favorite class: survey literature.
  • Least favorite class: algebra.
  • Is taking: honors Spanish, has been taking Spanish since the sixth grade.
  • Favorite superhero: Mr. Incredible.
  • Favorite Gatorade flavor/color: orange (his high school’s color).
  • If he played football, he would be a: linebacker.
  • Favorite takeout food: Chinese, orange chicken and vegetable fried rice.
  • Favorite meal to make at home: Frosty Mini Wheats cereal.
  • If not for basketball, would want to be a standout in: football.
  • When he was five, wanted to be: an NBA player.
  • If he could live in any city in the world, it would be: Chicago.
  • Most read online newspaper: Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Favorite magazine: SLAM.
  • Favorite Twitter account: his own.
  • Favorite Facebook page: his own.
  • Piece of clothing he can’t live without: his jogging suits.
  • Most prized possession: his family.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: football.
  • Plays: the tuba.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Shaquille O’Neal.
  • Favorite non-basketball Olympian: Muhammad Ali.
  • Strangest place ever played hoops: in a stadium in Nigeria.
  • Best game ever watched: Jordan’s last game as a Bull.
  • Best player ever faced: LeBron James.
  • Would like to go one-on-one against: Jared Sullinger.
  • Most impressive person ever met: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, “he gave me great advice about life.”
  • Away from the court, enjoys: playing PS3, swimming and hanging out with his friends.
  • Most people don’t know: he loves dogs and wants a house full of them.
  • Most interesting place ever visited: Africa, where he was able to meet members of his family and visit a new country.
  • First basketball memory: dunking on a basketball rim made from a hanger.
  • This right-hander wears Nos. 22 and 33 because his father wore both of those numbers.
  • Three things he would need if stranded on an island: computer, food and a boat.
  • First overseas trip: when he was 12, he went to Africa and was “nervous and excited at the same time.”

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
AT
BK
ST
PTS/AVG
2012 U17
8/8
47-79
.595
0-0
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15-36
.417
66/8.3
0
3
2
109/13.6
2012 U17 exh
2/1
21-28
.750
0-0
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3-7
.429
21/10.5
0
1
1
45/22.5

2011 U16

5/5
27- 38
.711
0- 0
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19- 23
.826
46/ 9.2
2
8
3
73/ 14.6
TOTALS
15/14
95-145
.655
0-0
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37-66
.561
133/ 8.9
2
12
6
227/ 15.1