Jahlil Okafor recruiting: Young star still considering Illinois, DePaul

Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The nation's No. 2 junior recruit isn't ruling out local teams.

Jahlil Okafor isn't ruling out the possibility of staying close to home, as the high school junior from Chicago leaves Illinois and DePaul in play while making his intentions clear: He wants to win a national championship.

A 6-10, 280-pound center, Okafor is drawing strong attention from powerhouses North Carolina, Ohio State, Duke and UCLA, but insists that nobody is out of the running, yet. Speaking to the media on Thursday, his father Chukwudi Okafor said that the 'home team(s)' were very much in play, as his family would be watching Illinois and DePaul closely.

Jahlil himself said that the Illini and Blue Demons "have as much of a chance as anyone," leaving the door open for either school to land the nation's second-ranked junior recruit. Averaging 21.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks at Whitney Young High School, Okafor would be a big get, and has more room to grow into his already impressive frame. Landing him would be a huge coup for either John Groce or Oliver Purnell.

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