Jahlil Okafor — CBSSports.com’s Preseason Player of the Year

"My expectations for myself are higher than the expectations anybody else could put on me. So however good people say I’m going to be this year, my plan is to be even better. And I definitely feel like I’m ready to do it.

When I step on the court, it really doesn’t matter if I’m a freshman or a senior. It’s basketball, and I’ve been playing basketball my entire life. So I feel extremely confident about going out there and playing against anybody and feeling unstoppable and being just as dominant as I have been in my previous years of playing basketball. So somebody saying I can’t [be National Player of the Year] because I’m a freshman is kinda ludicrous to me.”

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