Sixers Sign Jahlil Okafor
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – JULY 7, 2015 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have signed rookie center Jahlil Okafor.
Okafor (6-11, 270) was the third overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2015 NBA Draft. He was an early entry candidate for the draft following a standout freshman season at Duke, during which he helped lead the Blue Devils to a 35-4 mark and the National Championship.
A consensus First Team All-American, Okafor averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 blocks. He was named the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and the USBWA 2015 National Freshman of the year, while also being selected as a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith National Player of the Year awards.
Okafor is also a three-time gold medal winner while playing for Team USA during the 2011 Under 16 FIBA Americas, the 2012 Under 17 World Championships and the 2013 Under 19 World Championships.
Last night, the 19-year-old had a game-high 20 points along with nine rebounds and two blocks in his debut at the Utah Jazz Summer League.