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Chukwuemeka Okafor

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 5:54 pm
by DK
Is anyone else liking this guy more and more the more you hear about him?

He's the best player in the NCAA as of now, and probably the smartest too. Barring injury, this guy will succeed.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 6:11 pm
by KPucks
do you mean Emeka Okafor of UConn?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:33 pm
by DK
KPucks wrote:do you mean Emeka Okafor of UConn?


Yes. Chukwuemeka is his full name.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:45 pm
by KPucks
Oh. He should be good, but I don't see him being a superstar. The only reason he will go number one is b/c he is the most proven and most ready to contribute of the players in the draft. He is too short to play center in the NBA abd his offense isn't great. His D is solid, which should let him make a good contribution as a rookie, but there are guys with bigger upsides that will eventually be better than he will be.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 8:05 pm
by DK
KPucks wrote:Oh. He should be good, but I don't see him being a superstar. The only reason he will go number one is b/c he is the most proven and most ready to contribute of the players in the draft. He is too short to play center in the NBA abd his offense isn't great. His D is solid, which should let him make a good contribution as a rookie, but there are guys with bigger upsides that will eventually be better than he will be.


I have to disagree. He may be short, but Ben Wallace is only 6'9". Short guys can play the C spot if they're tough, and that's one word that fits Okafor to a T. He also graduated from UConn in THREE years. He's dedicated, intelligent, and hardworking. Once, Jim Calhoun asked Okafor why he ran so hard in practice; Calhoun didn't want Okafor to mess up his NBA career. Okafor replied that he'd be happy to use his brain to get along in life. He's an extraordinarily gifted athlete with a good head on his shoulders, and he should have no trouble succeeding.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 12:35 am
by LBJackal
Sounds like LeBron; skill and smarts. That's what separates those 2 from top picks like Darius Miles and Lamar Odom. And I'd disagree that he isn't skilled offensively. From what I saw of him, he was a dominant force offensively. Great around the basket. But anyway, we'll see how he turns out.

As a sidenote, a guy from my grade 8 class is entering the NBA draft this year. He was bigger than Shaq (in both height and weight) when we were 14. Here's an article about him:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/s ... guy04.html

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 6:48 am
by Arlo
LBJackal wrote:As a sidenote, a guy from my grade 8 class is entering the NBA draft this year. He was bigger than Shaq (in both height and weight) when we were 14. Here's an article about him:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/s ... guy04.html

That's quite a story. I wonder whether he'll draw interest in the draft...

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 7:17 am
by wkelly91
He brings to mind Chuck Nevitt and that guy the Hawks brought in who was 7'8 and 400 pounds 8-o ...can't remember his name. I don't know if he ever played in a game but he went on to pro wrestling "El Gigante"

I thought I heard he died? He was from Argentina and played on their national team I think :-?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 2:05 pm
by KPucks
Look at any scout's report on him and they will all say he won't be a superstar.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 5:15 pm
by proncis
I think Okafor will be a solid pro, but my money is on Luol Deng for being a superstar.

From what I've read on the kid, he sounds like he has a really good head on his shoulders, and he just killed any opponent that tried to cover him.

Also, his senior year in high school the only other senior better than him was Lebron James.