Dakari Johnson Leads Montverde to Top

By Eric Domingo
Andrew Synowiez-USA TODAY Sports

Dakari Johnson is one of the best high school players in the country and definitely ready for college basketball. Recently, he announced his plans to move up a year and reclassify as a senior.

The 6’10, 250 lbs center has been dominating high school basketball, averaging a double-double and leading Montverde (Florida) Academy to a 6-0 start.

Montverde Academy has recently jumped across many experts boards rankings No. 2 in the country. What makes this teams success even more surprising is that Johnson only plays less than half of most of his teams games.

Johnson’s leadership at Montverde Academy has brought him in the talks of being an All-American and All-USA. Although the All-USA team won’t be announced until April, many believe Johnson’s name will be among the top high school players in the country.

This season with Montverde Academy Johnson averaged 20 PPG and 12.8 RPG. He is shooting 68% from the floor and displaying great basketball IQ for a high school player. His patients and hard work has really earned him a spot among the top high school players in the country.

“He is a throwback…He reminds me of Moses Malone. He has good skill, but he’s really a hard worker. He may not be a great jumper, but he knows how to use his body and his mass and he’s a really good passer,” says Kevin Boyle, Montverde Academy coach.

Johnson’s best games this season came against Dr. Phillips (Orlando) high school and Lake Wales high school. He scored 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 88-69 win against Dr. Phillips high school. He also dominated against Lake Wales, scoring 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in a 74-57 win.

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