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Curie and Whitney Young play instant Chicago classic

Jahlil Okafor (photo credit: Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball)
Jahlil Okafor (photo credit: Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball)

Given that Kansas-bound big man Cliff Alexander and future Duke Blue Devils center Jahlil Okafor were facing off in it, the championship game of the Chicago Public League tournament was sure to be a “must see” contest. Both Alexander and Okafor are being considered by scouts for the No. 1 ranking in the 2014 class nationally, and their head-to-head showdown was for title of Chicago’s finest.

Still, a four overtime instant classic may have been more than fans could have expected,  but that’s what they got. In terms of the featured match-up, Alexander had both the statistical upper hand, with 20 points and 14 rebounds to go against Okafor’s 16 points and 3 rebounds (which was partially due to foul trouble), and the advantage of the ultimate result, as Curie prevailed 69-66. Future Georgetown Hoyas power forward Paul White led Whitney Young with 19 points in the loss, while Curie’s top scorer was unsigned senior guard Joseph Stamps.

Alexander is currently ranked No. 1 nationally by, but that is still far from the consensus among national recruiting analysts. In comparing senior seasons, however, there’s very little argument that Alexander has put forth the most impressive, season long-performance. Add a Chicago Public League title game victory to his run during his senior season.

Quick News & Notes

  • The SMU Mustangs have one of the best incoming players in the country in the 2014 recruiting cycle in Emmanuel Mudiay. It seems likely that Mudiay is a one-and-done caliber talent, and if that happens the Mustangs will now have Sedrick Barefield. The SoCal lead guard from the 2015 class committed to SMU during an official visit to campus.
  • Jeremy Miller (adidas)
    Jeremy Miller (adidas)

    Despite not having a recruit on board for the 2014 recruiting cycle, the Boston College Eagles landed a player that was among their top targets for 2015 in power forward Jeremy Miller. That, along with BC’s upset win over Syracuse, made for a fun 24 hours in an otherwise bleak season for Eagles’ fans.

  • Duquesne added their second recruit for the 2014 recruiting cycle in power forward TySean Powell. Powell is native of Ohio that is at IMG Academy (FL) this year. He plays in the deep Ohio Basketball Club grassroots club.
  • Power forward Jackson Davis committed to Rice during the early signing period, but did not sign a letter of intent. Over the weekend, he parted ways with the Owls according to multiple reports. Given the dearth of high-major talent still on the board, don’t be surprised to see Davis end up at a power conference school.
  • Some commitments during the weekend included California power forward Marquis Godfrey to Loyola Marymount, 2015 wing Obi Okolie to Brown, 2016 guard Jordan Ford to Stephen F. Austin, forward Amir Maddred to Cal State Bakersfield, Damian Ottman to Troy, and Malik Pugh to UNC Wilmington.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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