Jahlil Okafor has seemingly gone quiet since the end of the college season, but he's been working out three times a day while making use of advanced technology with biomechanists and data analysts. His team is moving full steam ahead toward the NBA Draft. holed up in Santa Barbara as he methodically works on improving. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders had a chance to interview one of the top prospects making the leap to the pros, and the insight from the potential future-Laker makes for an intriguing read.
Okafor is partaking in a workout routine designed to minimize health risk and help him improve on his physical weaknesses. He called the in-depth analysis available to him "amazing" and sounds focused on preparing himself physically for the demands of playing in the NBA.
The Los Angeles Lakers have just begun bringing in top-tier prospects for consideration with the No. 2 pick, and Okafor sounds like he'll be in the best shape of his life if he accepts an invitation to the practice facility in El Segundo:
"It's amazing; they give me all of these details, more than I've ever had, about my body and the way I move," Okafor said of P3's assessment. "They are able to pinpoint certain things that will help me move better and help me get certain [parts of my body] stronger and make me more explosive. I'm excited about it. It's been a lot of fun and I'm going to continue to work with them." ....
I'm working on my explosiveness, my body, my agility and just a bunch of things. Those are some of the things I've been working on, and I've been working out three times a day. I'm just working as hard as I can to try to prepare myself for the next level."
Jahlil has yet to work out with any teams but expects he'll be finalizing his plans soon. He said he doesn't have anything lined up yet but he's "going to soon, obviously," when asked about any arrangements with lottery teams. Getting a chance to privately work with Okafor would be huge for the Lakers, especially with Towns likely opting to skip the workout process.
The entire interview is worth a look, especially when both he and Duke assistant head coach Jon Scheyer delve into Okafor's role in Duke's defense, how he had to limit his fouls, and his desire to improve in this area of his game. With any luck, the Lakers will get a chance to observe all of this before the draft on June 25. If he does put on a Lakers draft day cap, he'll be much more than a consolation prize for the franchise.