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Jahlil Okafor Remains Consensus No. 1 Player In 2015 NBA Draft

Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the Big Board of every NBA executive Chad Ford has spoken to after the start of the college basketball season.

Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for Duke.

Okafor is a supremely polished low-post scorer.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

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."

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Krzyzewski Expects Jahlil Okafor To Leave Duke After Freshman Season

Mike Krzyzewski does not expect Jahlil Okafor to stay at Duke beyond his freshman season.

"We'll have him this year and he'll be one of the top picks," said Krzyzewski.

Okafor is currently projected as the top overall pick by DraftExpress.

Via Stephen Wiseman/Herald Sun

Okafor, Paige, Kaminsky, Harrell, VanVleet Named Preseason All-Americans

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.

Via ESPN

Support Growing To Turn National Tournaments To Under-22 Events

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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

College Prepared Krzyzewski For Single Elimination International Tournaments

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." 

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Chase Jeter Commits To Duke

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.

Krzyzewski, Pitino, Calipari, Self Earn College Basketball's Highest Salaries

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)

Via Matt Norlander/CBS Sports

Scout: Jahlil Okafor Could Have Issues Not Being Explosive Around Basket

Jahlil Okafor is the top ranked incoming freshman and just completed the circuit of the McDonald's All-American Game, Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic.

Okafor is one of the most polished post players to come out of high school in many years.

“He’s not explosive around the basket and so plays that need to be dunks at our level end up being blockable layups,” said one NBA scout.

“Bigs rise, and he can play immediately so he’ll go top-5 [next year],” said a GM.

Via Adam Finkelstein/ESPN

Rodney Hood To Declare For NBA Draft

Rodney Hood will leave Duke after his sophomore season.

Hood and Duke plan to make a formal announcement within the next several days, sources said.

DraftExpress.com has Hood at No. 22 overall in its most recent mock draft.

Hood played one season at Mississippi State before transferring to Duke.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Jabari Parker Declares For 2014 NBA Draft

Jabari Parker will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Jabari Parker Expects Draft Decision After Meeting Coach K

Jabari Parker said he expects to make a decision by next Tuesday or Wednesday on whether he will enter the June NBA Draft.

Several NBA Scouts Claim Jabari Parker Will Stay At Duke

Jabari Parker has yet to make a decision about whether to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft or return to Duke for his sophomore season.

Steve Wojciechowski Hired By Marquette

Steve Wojciechowski has been on Mike Krzyzewski's coaching staff at Duke since 1999.

McDermott, Parker Headline AP All-American Team

Shabazz Napier, Sean Kilpatrick and Russ Smith joined Doug McDermott and Jabari Parker on the All-American team.

Mike Krzyzewski Plans On Remaining At Least Five More Seasons At Duke

Mike Krzyzewski is 67 and leads all Division I men's coaches with 983 wins.

Jabari Parker: College Career 'Incomplete'

Duke was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Mercer.

Virginia Beats Duke To Win 2014 ACC Tournament

Joe Harris was named MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker, T.J. Warren and Talib Zanna.

Warren, Parker Headline ACC Awards

Joining T.J. Warren on the All-ACC First Team are Jabari Parker, C.J. Fair, K.J. McDaniels and Marcus Paige.

Jabari Parker Remains Undecided On Draft

Jabari Parker remains undecided about whether he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Myles Turner To Take Official Visits To Ohio State, Ok. St. Kansas, Duke, Texas

Myles Turner is an athletic, 6-11 center out of Texas.

Many GMs Would Still Consider Jabari Parker No. 1 Overall If He Went On Mormon Mission

Jabari Parker would almost certainly be a top-3 pick if he declares for the 2014 NBA Draft, but it isn't a lock that he leaves Duke after just one season.

Alex Murphy Transfers To Florida

Alex Murphy recently left Duke where he was not receiving substantial playing time.

Some Scouts Shifting Prediction For First Pick From Wiggins To Parker

Jabari Parker could likely become the focal point of his NBA team's offense, while Andrew Wiggins would need to grow into that role.
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