Apr 272013
 
Class of 2014 center Jahlil Okafor has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville and several other top schools. Photo: USA Basketball

Class of 2014 center Jahlil Okafor has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville and several other top schools.
Photo: USA Basketball

Jahlil Okafor has scholarship offers from just about every major program in the country. That comes with the territory when you’re considered the No. 1 overall recruit in your class.

He still hasn’t narrowed his list of schools, but he has a pretty good idea of which ones will make the cut.

“I kind of know in my head, so I will (cut it) soon,” he told the Herald-Leader.

Is Kentucky in his head?

“Kentucky’s in my head,” he said.

Okafor added that there are about eight schools he’s thinking about, and those programs will form a working list as he figures out which campuses he wants to visit.

The 6-foot-11 center from Chicago remains adamant that he will play his college ball with Minnesota native Tyus Jones, who is considered by most recruiting services to be the top point guard in the country.

“We’re very serious about it,” Okafor said.

Percentage-wise, Okafor put the chances that he and Jones would team up in college at “99.9″. Jones has already narrowed his list to UK, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Baylor, Minnesota and Ohio State. The 6-0 point guard took an unofficial visit to UK earlier this year.

The two players will take their first official visit together — Baylor on August 31. Okafor said that he will definitely take all five official visits before making a decision.

Okafor isn’t playing this weekend in Virginia after suffering a high ankle sprain in a game a few weeks ago. He also missed all four EYBL games in Los Angeles last week.

He got a text message from UK Coach John Calipari last weekend wishing him well with the recovery.

“He told me to get healthy and to take my time,” Okafor said. “He told me not to rush back. Even though I’m competitive, he said just to make sure I’m healthy before I get back on the court.”

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