During his first high school game of the year, the announcer told the gym at Montverde Academy (NY) that Dakari Johnson had committed to the Kentucky Wildcats during pregame introductions. While the announcement was untrue, it caused a lot of rumblings in the recruiting world. While Johnson jumped on his Twitter account and instantly denied committing to the ‘Cats, he has now cut his list to three schools and includes UK. Perhaps the most interesting part of his latest update is the schools involved.
After having a breakout summer on the AAU circuit, Dakari Johnson picked up a Kentucky offer from Coach Cal and staff. After reclassifying to the 2013 class, the 6’10” 250 lb. center picked up more offers but has always been rumored to be leaning towards Kentucky. The other two schools that made Johnson’s final cut are Syracuse and Georgetown. What is interesting about those schools is neither program currently has a scholarship for him.
Personally, I feel Dakari Johnson will become a Wildcat if Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein both go to the NBA Draft. Otherwise, I could see him staying home and landing at Syracuse. Regardless, one of the biggest holes for the dynamic 2013 class has been the center spot. If either WCS/Noel stay or Johnson signs, John Calipari will get his much needed big man.
Johnson is ranked #12 in the ESPN Top 100 of the 2013 class, and is the #1 center.