Jahlil Obika Okafor was born in 1995 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of the late Decresha Lanett Benton and Chukwudi (Chuck) Obika Okafor. He has one older sister and two younger brothers. Chuck played basketball at Westark Community College, West Texas A&M and Carl Albert State College. Decresha also played basketball at Carl Albert. For high school, Okafor stayed in Chicago and attended Whitney YoungHigh School, where First Lady Michelle Obama also went. As a high school senior, Okafor averaged 24.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, leading Whitney Young to the Illinois Class 4A title while earning national player of the year awards from McDonald's, USA Today and Parade Magazine. He was also co-MVP of both the 2014 McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Playing for USA Basketball, Okafor earned gold medals at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 tournament. He is a distant cousin of NBA veteran Emeka Okafor and enjoys playing the saxophone and the tuba. He is also an avid chess player. Fans can follow him on Twitter (@JahlilOkafor) and Instagram (jah8).