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Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are “99.9%” certain to be a package deal

Two of the top players in the 2014 class, Jahlil Okafor (5-star, 6-11 center) and Tyus Jones (top-rated 6-0 PG), most likely want to play college basketball together. The notion isn’t entirely new, as the two have talked about the potential for a package deal throughout their recruitment. Last night after the Boo Williams event, Okafor gave even more credit to the idea though. “We’re very serious about it,” Okafor told the Herald Leader. 

When asked to put a percentage behind the Okafor-Jones package deal, Okafor said that the chances were “99.9%”. The two players are planning to take an official visit together to Baylor at the end of August. The two have a number of common schools on their lists, including Kentucky.

Tyus Jones has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Baylor, Minnesota and Ohio State. Okafor’s list is not quite as set in stone at the moment. Okafor says he has about 8 schools in mind, with an even more narrowed list in his head. When asked if Kentucky was in his head, he said yes.

Jones has already taken an unofficial visit to Kentucky for the Kentucky/Texas A&M game (don’t try to remember the details… they hurt). Jones told the Herald Leader that he didn’t think too much into the loss and was more impressed with the atmosphere at Rupp Arena. 

Article written by Ally Tucker

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12 Comments for Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are “99.9#8221; certain to be a package deal



  1. Spenser
    1:41 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe Cal can take advantage of that 0.1% and convince Okafor to package himself with Mudiay instead.



  2. bmt22033
    1:45 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    I think Mudiay is a better player than Jones, as well. Okafor + Mudiay would be nice but we may have to “settle” for Mudiay + Towns which wouldn’t be too shabby, either.



  3. SeoulCat
    1:56 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    #2 or how about landing both Jones and Mudiay? We sold Wall and Bledsoe on sharing the backcourt in 2010. It’s been done before.



  4. I Say
    2:06 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Just can’t see it happening. Would love to Get both but I’d rather have Mudiay over jones. Plus Towns is the future



  5. Spenser
    2:10 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    If we could land Jones/Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, and Booker with Marcus Lee, Wiltjer, and others returning…why am I looking 2 years into the future?



  6. Jimmy
    2:22 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to say it but I Think they are Duke leans. I want Mudiay! Big strong athletic PG to run the floor



  7. YOUNGO.G.CATFANSINCE'89
    2:53 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    #3 I agree..and Mudiay I think is arguably the best in this class and UK is said to be the leader. But as 4 mentioned, it could be a longshot and Mudiay has more upside than Jones with better physical measurements that Cal loves. I see the ’14 recruitment turning out as Mudiay/Booker/Johnson/Trey Lyles or Cliff Alexander with backup plans D’Angelo Russell (from Da Ville, and played high school ball wit Dakhari Johnson) and Isaih Whitehead (who mentioned UK as his dream school!)..lonshots are Tyus/Okafor (eventhough they would be nice additions, I just think they would go somewhere like Michigan State), Rashad Vaughn (don’t think he’s much of a priority for the coaching staff as the other recruits) and same for Jalen Lindsey..add the players that stay from the ’13 team (Wiltjer, Marcus Lee, Hawkins and Willis all with experience), we will be 9-10 good deep once again..is it too soon to be talking about back to back titles? Not for BBN!! Go Cats!!!!



  8. BBN
    2:57 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Jones & Okafor will sign with DUKE. I would rather have Mudiay as well…



  9. TrinityPIlls
    3:19 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Does having Towns on board hurt our chance at landing this package deal since one of the two is another center?



  10. Spenser
    3:31 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think so #9. Towns game is very unique so he could play the 4 easily; similar to a Dirk type of player.



  11. Boogie
    7:00 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    Mudiay is better than Tyus Jones in every aspect of the game except 3 point shooting. Bigger, stronger, faster, much much better defender. We saw what happens when you recruit small, weak guards (ryan harrow)



  12. Hicks
    11:19 pm April 27, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll take Mudiay and Lyles to go with Towns. Mix in Booker, Vaughn and Stanley Johnson and call it a class. Unless Alexander just really wants to come, in that case he’d be unbelieveable as the first big off the bench.