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National No. 13 Whitney Young (Chicago) overcame a historic scoring effort Friday night to advance past No. 18 Stevenson (Lincolnshire) 75-68 in the Illinois Class 4A semifinals.

Jahlil Okafor, a 6-foot-10 senior center headed to Duke, led the victorious Dolphins (28-5) with 33 points and 14 rebounds.

Regarded by some as the nation's top senior high school basketball prospect, Okafor will have an opportunity to win his first state title Saturday against Benet Academy (Lisle).

Georgetown-bound Paul White added 15 points and six boards for Whitney Young, which last won a state title in 2009.

That should be the story of the night from Peoria.

But Stevenson (31-2) junior sensation Jalen Brunson is getting his share of attention after exploding for an IHSA playoff record 56 points. The 6-2 guard hit 16 of 30 field goal attempts – including 7 of 14 from beyond the arc – and 17 of 23 from the free throw line (see box score here).

Brunson also set the Twitter world ablaze with an unfriendly gesture directed at the Whitney Young student section. We won't bother linking but it's not hard to find. Reports indicate the elite 2015 prospect – who had another 56-point game in late February – later issued an apology.

Check out the video above for more on the Illinois instant classic and a perfectly-coordinated shirt-tie combo from Whitney Young's Tyrone Slaughter – arguably the high school game's best-dressed head coach.