No. 1 player in the class of 2014 and standout at Whitney Young, Jahlil Okafor, announced he will attend Duke University next year, while Curie High big man Cliff Alexander chose the Kansas Jayhawks.
All eyes were on Chicago on Friday when two of the top five high school players in the country made the decision on where they will attend college next season.
Whitney Young’s Jahlil Okafor, the top rated prep player in the ’14 class and Curie’s Cliff Alexander, ranked No. 3, had their announcements aired live on ESPNU’s signing day special. Okafor’s final list included Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Baylor, while Alexander narrowed his list to Kansas, DePaul, Memphis, Illinois and Michigan St.
In the end, Duke won out for Okafor – who will also play with Tyus Jones, the No. 4 ranked player in the country – and Kansas was the choice made by Alexander, whose girlfriend, Caelynn Manning-Allen, is a freshman on the Lady Jayhawks squad and is a Curie grad.
Okafor represents the second player from Chicago to decide to attend college basketball at Duke as Jabari Parker chose to play for Mike Krzyzewski in Durham.