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Sunday Sit Down: Duke's Jahlil Okafor talks celebrity crush, NBA, more

An early favorite for national player of the year, Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is expected to be a top pick in this year’s NBA draft. But who would Okafor take No. 1? Fresh off a 20-point, 10-rebound game in the Blue Devils’ 90-60 win over Notre Dame on Saturday, Okafor talked about that, and more, in this week’s Sunday Sit Down. Eight seconds left, game on the line. Which current college basketball player do you want taking the big shot? You can’t pick a teammate.

Jahlil Okafor:Tyler Ulis from Kentucky. Who do you want defending the big shot? You also can’t pick a teammate.

Okafor:Justin Anderson (from Virginia). Why is your team better than people think?

Okafor: Because we haven’t played to our potential yet. We had a couple mishaps during the season, a couple unfortunate losses that we’re recovering from.

Blue Devils show they'll be force in March with rout over Fighting Irish What one weird thing do you keep in your backpack or basketball bag?

Okafor: I don’t think I keep anything weird. Nope, nothing strange in my backpack. Do you keep anything special from someone, or some item that means a lot to you?

Okafor: In high school I kept my mother’s necklace in my bag but I don’t do that now. Who’s your favorite follow on Twitter?

Okafor:Joel Embiid (from the Philadelphia 76ers). Nice. This next question was actually inspired by him and his Twitter feed. Who’s your celebrity crush?

Okafor: I have a couple but I’ll make it simple: Beyoncé.

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Okafor: My freshman year of high school I played on the same team as Sam Thompson, he's at Ohio State right now. At Whitney Young (in Chicago), he did a between-the-legs, 360 in one of our scrimmages. Even though that’s not a real game, it’s the best dunk I’ve seen against defense.

The Magic Eight: One of these teams will win the NCAA tournament Favorite March Madness memory?

Okafor: Definitely watching Steph Curry and his little Davidson team when they went on that run, just watching him take over. That’s a good one. So you’re an NBA GM with the first pick in the 2015 draft. Who are you taking and why?

Okafor: Hmm, I’d have to see who enters the draft. You know, you’ve been an answer to this question.

Okafor: Oh. I don’t want to say any other freshmen or put anybody on the blast … but if (freshman) L.J. Peak from Georgetown was to enter the draft, I’d take him. In their primes, are you taking LeBron or Kobe?

Okafor: Kobe. I’ve always been a Kobe fan, he’s one of my favorite players. I love LeBron, but Kobe was the first player I actually considered my favorite. What’s the dumbest mistake you’ve ever made on a basketball court?

Okafor: I think when I was younger I might have scored on the wrong basket. That wasn’t too smart. Do you remember doing it in a particular game, or are you just guessing that you did it or … did you do it regularly?

Okafor: Haha, I didn’t do it regularly! I think it happened once, maybe twice at the most.

Power Rankings: Kentucky's place in history, how big men get open, more What is Coach K’s favorite phrase to yell repeatedly in practice?

Okafor: Probably telling us to talk. In some way, he’s always telling us to communicate. Which venue do you most want to play in?

Okafor: Does Cameron Indoor Stadium count? It’s definitely that. There’s no place like it. Who on your team would make the best coach someday and why?

Okafor: I’ll say Marshall (Plumlee). He has all the coaching features -- the way he talks, the way he carries himself. I’d give it to Marshall. Which teammate are you singing a karaoke duet with, and what’s your song of choice? 

Okafor: I would sing it with (freshman) Tyus Jones and probably Mario’s “Let Me Love You.” We would mess that up completely.