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2014 Recruiting Tandem From Chicago Continues To Shine

Jahlil Okafor has quickly become the hottest commodity for college coaches from the class of 2014.

Every team wants a big man who can control the post and dictate the flow of a game due to his physical presence on the floor. Chicago happens to have two of the best game-changing high school big men in the country coming into this season. Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young High School) and Cliff Alexander (Curie High School) have proven time and time again that they can immediately boost a college program's chances of winning it all in 2014-2015, and it has coaches in awe.

This past week the Nike Peach Jam concluded and it became just another opportunity for Okafor and Alexander to put together more highlight reels. They happen to play on the same AAU team, the Mac Irvin Fire, which makes it even more convenient for scouts to pinpoint all of their talents. 

Okafor is a sturdy 6' 10", 265 lbs. center who has finesse, tremendous vision, and dazzling footwork around the rim which make it nearly impossible for anyone to defend him. The 17 year-old was recently called up to play for the U-19 U.S.A. squad at the FIBA World Basketball Championships. He dominated his older opponents and earned "All-Tournament" honors. Once the FIBA World Championships in Prague ended, Okafor jumped on a plane to Augusta, Georgia to compete at the Nike Peach Jam. Even the jet-lag could not slow him down. He continued to control the post by averaging 10 rebounds per game and by causing defensive havoc for opponents with his mature moves on the low block.

The number one recruit in the 2014 ESPN 100 has wittled his list of schools down to eight. In no particular order: Arizona, Duke, Baylor, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, and Ohio State. Any one of these schools will get a Tim Ducnan-esque big man who can catapult its program to the top of the rankings immediately.

Alexander has been scouted just as much as Okafor, and also proved why at the 2013 Peach Jam. He is 6' 8", 225 lbs. of pure muscle and athleticism. He grabs boards, he starts the transition, and he can throw down some of the meanest dunks you will ever see. Alexander led the tournament by averaging 7.4 defensive rebounds per game and was right behind his battery-mate, Okafor, with 9.6 rebounds per game. Alexander's raw power have brought up comparisons to Dwight Howard and other pros who can finish with authority in the paint.

At the moment, the number two recruit in the 2014 ESPN 100 has his list of schools at 10. In no particular order: Arizona, Depaul, Baylor, Indiana, Kansas, Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky, Memphis, and Michigan State. With his athletic ability and size, one of those schools better cherish him because the NBA will not be very far in his future.

As you can see there are several schools on both Okafor's and Alexander's lists that are the same. There have been rumors that they might choose to team up in college, just like they do in AAU competitions. If so, "Sportscenter's Top 10" better get ready because this dynamic duo may not be stopping for a while.