Duke freshman star Jahlil Okafor could leave for NBA after just one year in college.(Getty Images)
Duke freshman sensation Jahlil Okafor is having the type of season everyone expected he would the second he stepped foot on campus in Durham, NC. Through 24 games, he is averaging 18.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists for the No. 4 Blue Devils.
Okafor is considered by many, including CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish, as a favorite to win the John R. Wooden award as the top player in men’s college basketball.
It also seems a likely conclusion that Okafor would be among the latest crop of one-and-done players. However, in talking with the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this week, Okafor suggested staying in college for at least another season isn’t such a far-fetched notion.
“I know I’ll be in position to live my dream in the NBA or live my dream and stay here at Duke with people who truly love me,” he said. “I totally feel comfortable with staying here in college, and my family wouldn’t care one bit as long as I’m happy. They know how much I love being here.
“I love everything about Duke. I wish I could just stop time and be able to enjoy this as much as I can.”