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Top Four Prospects Still Looking for a Home

Jahlil Okafor hanging on the rim after a powerful dunk

The top four high school basketball prospects, according to ESPN’s top 100, have yet to commit to a school for next year. According to this list, Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner, Cliff Alexander, and Tyus Jones are the top four respectively.

The NCAA basketball season may not begin until next month, but coaches have been battling all off-season to try to land these top players on their teams. Okafor, Turner, and Jones all have received offers from Kansas, Duke, and Kentucky. Kansas also sent an offer to Alexander. The Jayhawks already added one top 10 prospect to their team last week when 6’7” small forward Kelly Oubre committed to the team. Turner and Alexander visited earlier this month and Okafor and Jones are expected to be on campus later this week and are headed to Duke the week after.

“I’m going to school with Tyus.” This is what Jahlil Okafor said in regards to his recruitment process according to sources at ESPN.  Okafor is a 6’11” 280 lb. dominant force at the center position coming out of Whitney Young High school in Chicago, Illinois, and Jones is 6’1” 175 lb. crafty and versatile point guard from Apple Valley High School in Minnesota. The 5-star caliber duo could very potentially be lethal together and that seems to be what they have in mind. Okafor has shortened his list to Baylor, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky. Since Jones crossed Kentucky off of his potential list, these upcoming visits to Kansas and Duke may prove to be decision makers for the both of them. They also visited Baylor together this past summer.

The other big man still up for grabs is the seven-footer Myles Turner. Coming out of Trinity High School in Bedford, Texas, Turner weighs in at 50 pounds lighter than Okafor, but has proved to be equally as dominant in the post. He most recently turned down Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness event this upcoming weekend to visit Ohio State instead. This could be a sign to eliminate Kentucky from adding him to their roster. He announced that he cut his list to eight remaining schools: Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Texas.

Chicago native and AAU teammate of Okafor, the 6’9” 260 lb. Cliff Alexander is an athletic shot blocker and rebounder and attacks the rim from all areas of the court. Alexander visited Kansas earlier this month at the same time as Turner  and has official visits to Memphis and Illinois within the next two weeks. He mentioned in a tweet that he will make his decision this upcoming month on November 16th. His remaining choices include DePaul, Illinois, Kansas, Memphis, and Michigan State. He also mentioned that he would like to play at the same school as former prospect guard Jaquan Lyle. The schools these two still have on both of their lists are Kansas and Memphis.

Analysts point to Kansas having a good possibility at landing at least one of these guys if not more, not even including prior commit Kelly Oubre. These young athlete’s decisions can be expected to be made likely within the next month.