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Jahlil Okafor, Duke's star freshman, still a work in progress

DURHAM, N.C. -- The first things you notice are the hands. You've been told about them by everybody -- on the record, off the record, it doesn't matter. They appear to shrink a basketball when shooting a hook, lefty or righty. They touch a rebound eight feet away and guide it into the basket in one motion. They hold the ball Michael Jordan-style in the post, one huge palm extended confidently away from the body. Jahlil Okafor isn't Michael Jordan. He goes to Duke, not North Carolina. He's 6 feet 10. But he's expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft in June. He's adored by the Cameron Crazies, fellow students calling him "Jah" and spending wickedly frigid nights in "...

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