Jahili Okafor called it "an amazing week." And that's a pretty accurate assessment.
The Whitney Young senior is fresh off a Class 4A state championship, which the Dolphins won over the weekend. And, before he takes center stage at the McDonald's All-American Game, he was named a recipient of the Morgan Wootten Award, which honors the national player of the year.
"It's been an amazing week. I win a state championship, and then on top of that I get the honor to receive the Morgan Wootten Award," Okafor said at a Tuesday press conference. "It's a great feeling for me, and it's a great accomplishment for me and my family because the Wootten Award is much more than just basketball. It looks into your character, you as a student, so it means a lot for me and my family."
Okafor is living the dream at the moment, and he knows it. This is just the latest accolade he's picked up in recent days.
"It's pretty much everything any high school player could want: winning the Morgan Wootten Award, being a McDonald's All-American, going to the college of my choice, Duke University and on top of that winning the state championship with all the gold medals and all that good stuff. It's just a great feeling knowing that your hard work is paying off," he said. "And then this award is looking to me as a person, which is above all more important than what I do on the court."
Next season, a new task begins: lead Duke to more than a first-round NCAA tournament exit to Mercer.