In an interview with the Herald-Leader, top 2014 post player Jahlil Okafor said that he’s “definitely” interested in Kentucky and plans to visit once his high school season is over. Okafor is considering Kentucky along with Louisville, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State, Arizona, Georgetown, UCLA and others. But Kentucky’s success with post players has the Cats high on his list:
“Kentucky speaks for itself with all of the NBA players that they’ve produced,” Okafor said. “That’s my dream. That’s a school that could help me out with that. … It’s definitely an attraction for me.”
That’s nice and all, but it was Okafor’s comments about Louisville coach Rick Pitino that really stirred the pot. Okafor said that during a conversation with his father, Pitino said that he wants Okafor to come to Louisville…as a one-and-done player:
“He told my father he feels I’ll be a different big man,” Okafor said. “One-and-done is something he mentioned that I can do at any school. But he would like for me to do that at Louisville.
“If that was something I was interested in, he said that’s something I could do there.”
Pitino is a notorious critic of the one-and-done system, calling it a “six-month breeding ground for the pros.” What’s the saying, Rick? If you can’t beat ’em…