For Kansas coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks’ matchup with No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday could turn into more than just a basketball road trip.
Chicago native Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit, is expected to be in attendance at the United Center when Kansas tips off against Duke. Okafor, a 6-foot-10 senior center from Whitney Young High School, is reportedly still considering Kansas, Duke and Baylor.
Okafor visited Kansas in late October, spending the weekend in Lawrence with fellow top-five recruit Tyus Jones, a Minnesota point guard who is also still considering Kansas and Duke.
Okafor and Jones, who would like to play together, have indicated they would like to make a college decision during the early signing period, which begins Wednesday.
Kansas has also targeted Chicago native Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-8 power forward who is expected to announce his decision later this week. Alexander is the nation’s No. 4 overall recruit, according to Rivals.
• Duke freshman Semi Ojeleye, a native of Ottawa, will face his home-state school on Tuesday night. Ojeleye, who never seriously considered attending Kansas, went scoreless while attempting one shot in Duke’s season-opening 111-77 victory over Davidson last Friday.