Everything About Jahlil Okafor

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The sturdy and whip-smart Jahlil Okafor is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player currently playing for the Delaware Blue Coats of the NBA G League.

Okafor commenced his NBA journey with the Philadelphia 76ers and played with three different NBA teams for six stints.

After that, he headed to the Chinese League to play for Zhejiang Lions but again returned to play in G League for Capitanes de Ciudad de México. 

Jajlil played high school basketball for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Illinois, and amassed high school national player of the year honors from McDonald’s, Parade, and USA Today.

Jahlil Okafor Playing From Piston
Jahlil Okafor Playing From Piston (Source: Twitter)

Accordingly, he earned his NCAA Championship in 2015 and Consensus first-team All-American in 2015.

Okafor is a respectable center performer with legitimate center size, and he’s a hoopster who can be over someone’s head when he has some momentum going on to the basket.

Uncover additional enlightening information about the Nigerian-American-born center, Jahlil Okafor. Also, have a timely look at the briefly demonstrated quick facts beneath.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jahlil Obika Okafor
Birth Date December 15, 1995
Birth Place Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
Nick Name Jahlil Okafor
Religion Christianity
Nationality Nigerian-American
Ethnicity Mixed
Education
  • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
  • Duke University
Horoscope Sagittarius
Father’s Name Chukwudi Okafor
Mother’s Name Dacresha Lanett Benton
Siblings Three (Jalen, Jamonte & Ashondre)
Age 28 Years Old
Height 6 feet 10 inches/2.08 m/208 cm
Weight 270 lb/122 kg
Jersey no. No. 15 – Delaware Blue Coats
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown 
Body Type Athletic
Profession Basketball Player
NBA Draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd Overall
League NBA & Overseas
Active Years 2015–Present
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend Lauren Oglensky
Kid None
Net Worth $7 Million
Position Center
Current Team Delaware Blue Coats
Social Media Twitter, Facebook
Merch Signed Card, Signed Basketball 
Last Update May 2024

Early Life & Family 

A vigorous hoopster, Jahlil Obika Okafor, was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on December 15, 1995. 

Jahlil was born with mixed ethnicity to a father of Nigerian-American of Igbo descent, Chukwudi Okafor, and an African-American and European-American mother, Dacresha Lanett Benton.

His parents inaugurated their bond after they met at Fort Smith, Arkansas, when Chukwudi used to play basketball for a regional junior college.

Father And Son In A Single Frame
Father And Son In A Single Frame (Source: heavy.com)

Moreover, he spent his childhood splitting his time between his mother’s residence in Moffett, Oklahoma, and his father’s residence in Chicago.

His father played power forward for West Texas A&M University, Westark Community College, and Carl Albert State College.

Additionally, his mother also played college basketball, and interestingly, they both had basketball scholarships at Carl Albert State College at a similar time.

Demise Of Mother 

Okafor faced a period of sorrow after losing his mother when he was only 9.

His mother caught bronchitis and died due to collapsed lung after two weeks of battle with the condition. 

Then, Okafor shifted permanently to the South Side of Chicago, and he was brought up by his father and aunt Chinyere Okafor-Conley, whom he infers as his “auntie mom.”

Further, he grew up with three siblings; his older sister, Jalen, and two younger brothers, Jamonte and Ashondre.

Even with the loss, Okafor continued to pursue his dream through consecutive dedication and determination. 

Age, Height & Body Measurement 

Jahlil Okafor was born in 1995, making him 28 years old.

Addressing his physical stats, he stands at a soaring height of 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m), and his body weight is around 270 lb (122 kg).

The center player has a wingspan of 7’5″ and retains a massive frame with stability that periodically boosts him to solidify a post position.

His post-footwork is exceptional in correspondence to his size; he’s remarkably quick on his feet when he’s adjacent to the hoop.

Basketball Career

High school Career

Jahlil Okafor enrolled at Whitney M. Young High School in Chicago, Illinois.

There, he became one of the young players to rank in the top 10 of the respective national divisions by ESPNU. 

Okafor was scrutinized as the second-best college basketball prospect in Chicago during his freshman season. 

Therefore, the Chicago Sun-Times named him to the Class 4A All-State first team.

Also, he was named to the second team All-State team by the Chicago Tribune and called to the Class 4A second team by Associated Press.

During his junior year in June 2012, he was named one of the “Future Game Changers” by Sports Illustrated.

Okafor was acknowledged as the 2013 All-Public League first-team designation by Chicago Sun-Times, and in February 2013, he earned the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year.

In senior season, Jahlil logged 35 points and 13 rebounds in a win against the St. Rita of Cascia High School and amassed its first sectional designation since 2009.

Likewise, he earned co-MVP of McDonald’s All-American Game in April 2014 after averaging 17 points and seven rebounds.

Moreover, in April 2014, he received first-team All-American acclaim from MaxPreps and was named the 2013-14 Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV, Athlete of the Year.

College Career

Jahlil Okafor attended Duke University and played one season of college basketball.

During that eternity, he was appointed as Preseason Player of the Year by CBSSports.com and NBCSports.com.

In the preseason, he was ranked number 3 of 100 by ESPN.

After his first three games, Okafor was named ACC Freshman of the Week, as he shot 25-for-30 on his field-goal attempts.

In January 2015, he logged a season-high 28 points over Boston College, and that led him to earn his fifth ACC Rookie of the Week and first to become the ACC Player of the Week.

Similarly, he was named USBWA National Freshman of the Year and the 2015 USBWA Freshman All-American Team by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

After successful high school and college stints, Okafor announced the 2015 NBA Draft in April 2015. 

Professional Career

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Okafor with the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

In his debut game for the 76ers, he scored 26 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks against Boston Celtics in October 2015.

Accordingly, in November 2015, he logged his first career double-double with 21 points and added 15 rebounds against Chicago Bulls.

Okafor With The Philadelphia 76ers
Okafor With Philadelphia 76ers (Source: espn.com)

In January 2016, he was named to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game weekend Rising Star Challenge lineup. 

Likewise, after finishing fifth in the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year, he earned NBA All-Rookie First Team acclaim.

In the 2016-17 season with the 76ers, he made season-high 26 points against Washington Wizards.

Later in 2017, he scored a new season-high 28 points and added ten rebounds against the New York Knicks.

Brooklyn Nets

Okafor was traded to Brooklyn Nets in December 2017.

He logged 10 points and four rebounds in his debut game against the Toronto Raptors on December 15.

Then, he recorded team-high 21 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the following season, he became an unrestricted free agent.

New Orleans Pelicans

Jahlil signed with the New York Pelicans in August 2018.

In December 2018, he scored a season-high 17 points in 13 minutes of action over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Likewise, in January 2019, he logged a career-high six blocks over the Detroit Pistons.

Therefore, in January 2020, he logged 25 points and added 14 rebounds in the most pleasing overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit Pistons

Jahlil Okafor signed with Detroit Pistons in December 2020.

After some stints with the Pistons, he was traded to Brooklyn Nets on September 4, 2021, and subsequently, the Nets waived him.

Then, he signed with Atlanta Hawks on September 22, 2021, but he was waived shortly after. 

Zhejiang Lions & Capitanes de Ciudad de México

After completing his stints with four diverse NBA teams, Okafor signed with the Chinese Basketball team, Zhejiang Lions.

He signed with the Lions in February 2022, and on September 2022, the Mexico City Capitanes of the G League acquired his rights. 

Delaware Blue Coats 

Jahlil Okafor was traded, along with Shabazz Napier, to the Delaware Blue Coats on February 4, 2023. 

National Team Career

US National team

Jahlil played at the 2011 FIBA Americas Under 16 Championship and made decent field goal attempts, and scored 18 points, and 14 rebounds, which oversaw the team with a gold medal.

Thus, he was named tournament MVP at the 2012 FIBA Under 17 World Cup and the 2012 FIBA U-17 World Cup for the team that won the gold medal.

Therefore, he logged 17 points and added seven rebounds in the gold medal game.

Okafor, with the team, won the third gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and earned the All-Tournament team.

Nigerian National Team

Being of mixed ethnicity, Okafor represented the Nigerian national basketball team at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In the meantime, he averaged 9 points in three group-stage games.

Awards & Achievements

Okafor commenced his tremendous basketball journey from the high school level to be in the NBA squadron.

He accumulated numerous honors and grants for his unconditional commitment during this time. 

  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)
  • NCAA champion (2015)
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (2015)
  • ACC Player of the Year (2015)
  • Pete Newell Big Man Award (2015)
  • ACC Rookie of the Year (2015)
  • First-team All-ACC (2015)
  • First-team Parade All-American (2014)
  • McDonald’s All-American Game co-MVP (2014)
  • FIBA U-17 World Cup MVP (2012)
  • Illinois Mr. Basketball (2014)

Medals

  • FIBA World U-19 Cup in 2013 – Gold Medal
  • FIBA World U-17 Cup in 2012 – Gold Medal
  • Americas U-16 Championship of FIBA in 2011- Gold Medal 

Street Fight

Okafor was involved in a fight outside an Old City nightclub after a verbal argument with a heckler in November 2015.

In the meantime, he was a player for the Philadelphia 76ers; he strived to punch the driver through an open driver’s side window.

According to the released video, Okafor pushed and punched the men during the argument.

Moreover, he was subsequently involved in a second fight again with a heckler outside a Boston nightclub.

After hours of the newly released footage in public, the 76ers declared their decision to suspend Okafor for two games.

Also, the 76ers had allotted a security guard to escort him to his protection.

Injury

Okafor had encountered bunches of horrible injuries during his basketball journey to date.

In March 2016, he was ruled out for the remaining season due to a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Likewise, in March 2017, with the Philadelphia 76ers, he was again ruled out for the remaining season due to right knee soreness.

Net Worth & Salary

The 6’10” athletic hoopster, Jahlil Okafor, has a net worth of $7 million as of May 2024. 

Addressing the players’ salary, in the 2021-22 season, Okafor earned $2,130,023 with the Brooklyn Nets.

In the 2020-21 season with Detroit Pistons, he accumulated $1,882,867, whereas in 2019-20, he earned $1,702,486 with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Okafor With His First NBA Team
Jahlil With His First NBA Team (Source: espn.com)

Accordingly, in 2017-18, he made $4,995,120 with the Brooklyn Nets.

Moreover, Jahlil amassed $4,788,840 with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016-17 season, and in 2015-16, his earning was $4,582,680 with the 76ers.

Who Is Jahlil Okafor’s Girlfriend?

Jahlil Okafor has a gorgeous bikini model, Lauren Oglensky as his girlfriend.

Lauren is a 2014 graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Communications.

Okafor with his girlfriend (Source: barstoolsports.com)
Okafor with his girlfriend (Source: barstoolsports.com)

They seem like a perfect couple and relish each other’s companionship to the utmost aspect, which could be acknowledged via their cute pictures.

Other than that, there is not much information about the couple as they’d not prefer to disclose most of their beautiful saga.

Social Media Presence

  • Twitter: 131.6K Followers 
  • Facebook: 115K Followers 

Interesting Facts

  • Okafor adores playing chess, saxophone, and tuba.
  • He’s a distant cousin of former UConn and NBA player Emeka Okafor.
  • Jahlil has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP machine to refine his sleep condition.
  • He’d changed his number from 8 to honor Kobe Bryant and wore the number 9.

Popularity Graph 

The basketballer is quite famous among the admirers of the sport. 

Jahlil Okafor Search Graph 2023
Jahlil Okafor Search Graph 2023 (Source: Google Trend)

The graph represents his search result for the last 12 months. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Jahlil Okafor Nigerian?

Yes, Okafor is of Nigerian descent. His parental grandfather dwelled in the U.S. from Nigeria when he was 20.

Is Jahlil Okafor a vegan?

Okafor used to be a vegan, but he amended his diet after acknowledging he has an iron deficiency. Also, he has his chef make it obvious he receives the percentage of protein in his diet.

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