Nigerian Jahlil Okafor Selected by Philadelphia 76ers With No. 3 Pick In 2015 NBA Draft

NBA Commissioner (L) congratulates Jahlil Okafor after he was announced #3 pick.

Jahlil Okafor who is of Igbo extraction, Nigeria, has been selected by the  by the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA draft on Thursday (June 25, 2015) night at the Barclays Center.

According to Sports Illustrated, “Okafor averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his freshman season for the Blue Devils (Duke University). He shot 66.4% from the floor in 30.1 minutes per game, but was only 51% from the free throw line.

Led by Okafor, Duke won the 2015 national title. The center scored 18 points in a Final Four win over Michigan State before scoring 10 points in the championship game win over Wisconsin.

In 2012, Okafor was named one of Sports Illustrated’s “Future Game Changers.” He would go on to be ranked the No. 1 recruit in his class before committing to Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. ”

Jahlil Okafor (born December 15, 1995) is an American basketball player. He played his freshman season of college for the 2014–15 national championship team. He entered Duke with widespread recognition as the preseasonCollegiate National Player of the Year. He played high school basketball in Chicago, Illinois for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, where he earned high school national player of the year awards from McDonalds, USA Today and Parade. He signed with Duke as a package with Tyus Jones.

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia: Okafor (center) at his November 15, 2013 verbal commitment press conference with his father Chukwudi and aunt Chinyere Okafor-Conley. Jahlil and Chukwudi are wearing Duke University baseball caps to signify his commitment.

According to Wikipedia, “Okafor’s father Chukwudi, known as Chuck, is of Nigerian and African-American descent and his mother Dacresha Lanett Benton is African-American and White. As a youth, Okafor split time between his mother’s home in the 127-resident town of Moffett, Oklahoma and his father’s home in Chicago. When he was 9 years old, his mother contracted bronchitis and died two weeks later from a collapsed lung. Okafor permanently moved in with his father to the South Side of Chicago and then toRosemont. Okafor attended Rosemont Elementary. The adjustment was difficult because he was shy and so tall that other students thought he was put in the class for having failed. In November 2008, during seventh grade he matched his father’s height of 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m). Later the family moved to Chicago’s North Side so that Okafor could attend Whitney Young.”