Philadelphia 76ers, Jahlil Okafor is out for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season. Okafor has been suffering for swelling and soreness in his right knee since the end of February. The Sixers announced today that he tore his meniscus.
Okafor, a rookie, was drafted third by the 76ers out of Duke. Before being drafted, he was highly pursued before even playing in high school. During his high school career at Whitney M. Young Magnet, he won player of the year from McDonald’s, USA Today, and even Parade. He also lead them to a city championship in 2013. He signed with Duke along with Tyus Jones where they won the 2015 NCAA National Championship. Okafor also won ACC Player of the Year.
With the 76ers having no player with more than three year experience, they started the season with no wins until December 1st when they beat the Lakers. Even before, in their first game of the season he posted 26 points and 7 rebounds. Okafor did have a little off the court problems including being suspended for two games for a fight. He also was caught speeding (doing 108 mph in a 45 mph zone) on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Now, the team has a bodyguard for him when he is in public.
Before his injury, he had averaged 17.5 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game.
The Sixers General Manager, Sam Hinkie, released this statement about Okafor’s injury;
“Jahlil recently started to experience discomfort in his right knee, which we immediately investigated. After a comprehensive series of tests and additional evaluation by our medical team, it was revealed that he has a small tear of the meniscus. Jahlil will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure to address the injury. Timing and details of the procedure will be finalized in the coming days.”
It is said he can resume to basketball activity in about 6 weeks. We wish Okafor a speedy recovery.