The most touted Duke recruit last season was Jabari Parker. There’s no question about that. For this upcoming season, it’s Jahlil Okafor. For the first installment of “Player Comparison”, it’s Parker versus Okafor. The nation knows what Parker brought to the table, but what about Okafor?
Parker averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists her game on the floor for the Blue Devils in his freshman season. His field goal percentage was .473 with his free throw percentage sitting at .748. For total numbers, he made 38 three-pointers, 160 free throws and had 670 total points. He amassed 306 rebounds, 41 assists, 43 blocks and 37 steals.
It’s hard to compare college stats to high school stats. It’s simply not fair. Back in Parker’s high school days, he had successful seasons, despite tweaking his ankle his senior year. Parker’s high school (Simeon High School, Ill.) won four straight Class 4A titles during his time at the school. His junior year statistics reflect his freshman year in college… almost too much. He averaged 19.5 points and 8.9 rebounds.
What about Okafor? How does he compare to his fellow Chicagoan? Granted, he’s a center, where Parker is a forward, so the statistics won’t exactly match up. Okafor’s senior stats don’t reflect his talent, considering he started his season in December. During Okafor’s junior year, he averaged 20.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.
Looking at the numbers, they’re pretty even, regardless of the height and weight differences and the difference in their respective positions. Okafor stands at 6-foot-11 and weighs 270 pounds, while Parker stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs 235 pounds.
Will Okafor live up to his high school statistics? Only the future can determine that.
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