Okafor should be No. 1 pick
STORRS, Conn. -- Emeka Okafor is an endangered species.
There was a time when players like Okafor populated the whole NBA draft. They flourished throughout the American countryside, grazing on a college education during the day and huddling in cramped dormitories at night. All had hopes of making it big in the NBA after leading their college team to a national championship.
In an era when every high school player who can win a slam-dunk contest and every international teenager standing 6-foot-11 or taller thinks he's ready for the NBA, Okafor is a rarity -- a college junior who has graduated (with honors, in finance), won a national championship, values both the game and his education, and who -- and here's the kicker -- actually is a great NBA prospect.
Everyone claims there is no LeBron James in this year's draft. Maybe that's not a bad thing. LeBron may be the future of the NBA, but Okafor is a flashback. A refreshing memory of what made the NBA special in the first place.
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