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14 Nov 2013

Top Targets Jones and Okafor to Commit Friday

Top Targets Jones and Okafor to Commit Friday

Originally Posted on NewsObserver.com by Laura Keeley 

Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, Duke’s top two recruiting priorities, will announce their decision Friday at 4 p.m. EST at their respective high schools. 

Okafor, the No. 1 overall recruit for the class of 2014, is a 6-foot-10, 265-pound center from Chicago Whitney Young High. Jones, the No. 4 overall recruit and top point guard, stands 6-foot-1 and hails from Minnesota’s Apple Valley High. Jones has been the only point guard Duke has targeted in the last two years. 

The two, who became fast friends thanks to the AAU circuit and USA Basketball, have pledged to play together in college for years, calling themselves a package deal. There hasn’t been such a deal with non-related recuits since Greg Oden and Mike Conley chose Ohio State together in 2006, but they were from the same high school. 

It's believed that Jones and Okafor would be the first long-distance package deal in college basketball history. It’s believed that Jones and Okafor are down to three schools: Kansas, Duke and Baylor. Duke has long been considered the frontrunner, but, like with most high profile recruitments, rumors and misinformation abound as to where each is actually leaning now (and remember, these are still teenage boys. They can change their mind). We’ll all find out Friday at 3 p.m. 

Okafor is expected to be in attendance tonight when Duke plays Kansas in Chicago’s United Center.

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