Key stats: 17.7 PPG, 67 FG%, 9.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.4 BPG, 0.8 SPG
Draft projection: Top 3 pick
Jahlil Okafor is the best amateur basketball player on the planet. He had a tough upbringing on Chicago's South Side, moving there to live with his father after losing his mother at age 9. Through that, Okafor's emerged as a remarkably collected individual, and is the most NBA-ready college player in America. There hasn’t been as polished of an offensive center in the NBA Draft since Greg Oden.
Circled by strong wingmen and speedy guards at Duke, Okafor can work on either block, and is effective in both the low and high post. Bounce it to him with his back to the basket anywhere in the paint and he'll make the best decision for the team. He's a talented passer, capable of hitting the open perimeter man when hit with double teams. Then again, he’s just as likely to put his light feet to work and dribble out of danger. Leave him one-on-one and it’s a near-guaranteed two-point lay-up via his pick of refined post moves. Okafor's a dual-threat—6-11 freshmen who play with their backs to the basket shouldn't be able to put the ball on the deck and/or swing the ball to keep the offense clicking like he does. He's like both Gasol bros combined, bruh.
In the tournament, however, teams may start intentionally fouling him at the end of games. Opponents will gladly tap into Hack-A-Jahlil to use his 51 percent free-throw shooting ability to cut off Duke's head. It’s time to find out if this potential No. 1 overall pick has some clap-back ability. He’s overcome much worse than silly free throws.