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Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the big boards of Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony and figures to remain there throughout the season.
Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years.
"I was sitting with a number of GMs and scouts last night during the Duke-Michigan State game," wrote Ford. "They love him. He's big and physical, however he was quick feet and a soft touch around the basket. He's a legit, old school big man who is just so poised right now. Emmanuel Mudiay and possibly Karl Towns and Kristaps Porzingis will make a run, but it's Okafor's to lose. Of the 30 guys I spoke with last night and polled, all of them had Okafor atop their board."
Jahlil Okafor has been named an AP Preseason All-American, which is just the third time a freshman has been named to the team.
Joining Okafor on the team are North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige, Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky, Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and Wichita State junior point Fred VanVleet.
The United States won the World Cup of Basketball while avoiding Spain in the championship game, and it was hardly a relevant moment in the mainstream sports' culture. USA Basketball also advanced their winning streak, with their most recent loss dating back to 2006.
The championship game was aired against Week 2 of the NFL season.
As one GM told Yahoo Sports, "[Outside of the U.S. team], there's more talent and more interest from basketball fans in the NBA summer league than this event."
After the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the World Cup of Basketball and Olympic Games are destined to become an under-22 developmental tournament.
"We need to get our vets out and move our younger players in," one NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports. "The support's there for the change, and it's getting stronger."
Mike Krzyzewski's run as head coach of USA Basketball has allowed him unique access to top level recruits such as Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor.
Mike Krzyzewski believes his experience as a college coach in which the NCAA tournament is a single-game elimination format is a strong attribute for his job as head coach of the United States.
"We know that we're watched closer than anybody," Krzyzewski said. "And I'm the most prepared [coach] to do that, because we've been closely scrutinized for at least 25 years in college basketball. Actually it helps that I'm coming from that environment.
"Another thing I think that helps when we're in these competitions is that one-and-done is what we live all the time, whether it's an ACC tournament or an NCAA tournament. I've been in 150 to 200 one-and-done games."
Chase Jeter has committed to Duke for the class of 2015, he announced on ESPNU.
The 6-foot-10 big man is rated as a five-star recruit by every major scouting service. Jeter is ranked No. 13 in the ESPN 100 and will bring his length and shot-blocking ability to Durham. He announced his decision after scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Adidas Nations 3rd Place Game.
Jeter chose the Blue Devils over a narrowed list of Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, and UNLV. He joins five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard in Duke's 2015 recruiting class.
Mike Krzyzewski is the highest paid head coach in college basketball, making a salary of nearly $10 million per season.
Mike Krzyzewski $9,682,032 (Duke) Rick Pitino $5,758,338 (Louisville) John Calipari $5,511,381 (Kentucky) Bill Self $4,960,763 (Kansas) Billy Donovan $3,905,964 (Florida) Tom Izzo $3,893,954 (Michigan State) Steve Alford $3,473,973 (UCLA) Thad Matta $3,282,000 (Ohio State) Josh Pastner $2,650,000 (Memphis) Sean Miller $2,627,806 (Arizona) Rick Barnes $2,550,000 (Texas) John Beilein $2,498,242 (Michigan) Travis Ford $2,450,000 (Oklahoma State) Jamie Dixon $2,445,682 (Pittsburgh) Tony Bennett $2,291,100 (Virginia) Lon Kruger $2,200,000 (Oklahoma) Scott Drew $2,133,120 (Baylor) Mark Gottfried $2,009,000 (North Carolina State)
Jabari Parker will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA," wrote Parker. "I will do everything in my power to help deliver championships to the franchise that drafts me. At the same time, I recognize the obligation to represent the league in an admirable way off the court."
Parker played one season at Duke.
"Up to this point I haven't given any thought to agents. But now that I've declared, I will turn my attention to the process of choosing someone to represent me. Money was not a factor in my decision to go pro. It won't be a factor in my choice of an agent. My number one criterion in choosing a college coach was an impeccable reputation for integrity. I'm looking for the same thing in an agent.
"This past year at Duke has been a cherished chapter in my life. I'm very fortunate to have worn the blue and white. And I will always carry with me the memories of playing in front of the Crazies at Cameron. Now it's time to write the next chapter. I can't wait to get started."