Many thought Jahlil Okafor would be headed to Hollywood after the NBA Draft.
Instead, the Chicago native seems to making himself right at home in the City of Brotherly Love.
Five days after being selected third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, Okafor made an appearance at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Phillies hosted the Milwaulkee Brewers. The 6-foot-11 center's toss to the Phillie Phanatic ended up just a bit high for the mascot.
The reigning ACC Player of the Year also posted pictures of himself on his Instagram account, showing off his batting stance and a No. 8 jersey.
At 6-foot-11, Okafor's imposing frame would give him a leg up on the competition should he choose to continue his pursuits on the pitcher's mound. Also working in his favor are his massive hands—one of which held 13 tennis balls simultaneously—which completely smothered the baseball as he prepared to take the field.
It's been a busy few days for Okafor, who made his way to Philadelphia shortly after the draft and has been spending time acclimating himself with the city ever since. He's been making quite the first impression with the local fan base, stopping to pose for pictures Monday while sporting a classic 76ers jersey:
Okafor will take the court for the first time as a 76er on July 6 in the Utah Summer League.
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