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Apr102015

Jahlil Okafor Will Enter Draft 

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor will leave school and enter the 2015 NBA Draft, Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a release Thursday.

The 6-foot-11, 270-pound Okafor averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game, while helping Duke win its fifth national championship this season.

"Obviously, he has done an incredible job here at Duke and he will always be a part of our Duke basketball family," Krzyzewski said. "We could not be happier for he and his family."

Okafor becomes just the fifth Duke player to enter the draft after his freshman season joining Cory Maggette, Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers, and Jabari Parker.

"As early as I can remember, I've fantasized and dreamed of the day that I could play professional basketball," Okafor said in the statement. "I recall at the age of 6, promising my mom and dad that when I made it to the NBA I would buy them both different colored trucks. They would laugh with me in support and encouraged me to dream big and work hard.

"With that being said and now at the age of 19, my dream is still alive."

Okafor is currently ranked as the second best prospect on ESPN NBA Draft Expert Chad Ford's Big Board.


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