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Young's Jahlil Okafor sports a warmup shirt stating, "Shoot jumpers not guns." | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Dec. 1: National dominance
Okafor scores 34 points and grabs nine rebounds as Young beats nationally ranked DeMatha 72-58 in the inaugral Chicago Elite Classic at UIC.
Dec. 14: Perfection
Okafor shoots a perfect 13-for-13 from the field, finishing with 27 points and 11 rebounds in a 98-49 win over Westinghouse.
Dec. 20: Overtime heartbreak
Okafor, the top junior center in the nation, matched up against Montverde’s Dakari Johnson, the top senior center. Okafor acquited himself well, with 16 points and 13 rebounds to Johnson’s nine points and 17 rebounds, but the Dolphins lost 68-63 in overtime
Dec. 31: Holiday hardware
Okafor had an understated game with just 12 points, but Young won the Beach Ball Classic Championship game in Myrtly Beach, South Carolina.
Jan. 5: More national notice
Okafor scores 32 points, shooting 14-for-18 from the field against Philadelphia Neuman-Goretti at the high-profile Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Jan. 26, Feb. 1: Low point
Young loses to Simeon and conference rival Orr. Okafor manages only eight points in the Simeon loss, but scores 26 and grabs 13 rebounds against the Spartans.
Feb. 15: City title
Okafor scores 19 with 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots as the Dolphins beat Morgan Park 60-56 in overtime to win their first city title since 1998.
Feb. 23: Big man battle
Okafor’s most impressive performance of the season, scoring 21 points against Benet big man Sean O’Mara. Nearly every one of Okafor’s post moves dazzled the crowd.