Dakari Johnson, Top C Prospect, Makes Kentucky's Class Even Stronger

By Dave Daniels
Mark Zerof-US Presswire

Senior Dakari Johnson is the number one center in the 2013 basketball recruiting class and he will be a Kentucky Wildcat. He helped John Calipari increase his grasp on the top recruiting class in the country and the Wildcats will be dangerous next year as a result. Johnson plays at top 25 program Montverde Academy and chose the Wildcats over Georgetown and Syracuse. Calipari was a factor in his recruitment, but so was a unique goal that Johnson has set.

“I just want to win a national championship,” Johnson said. “I want to win a high school championship, then a college championship and hopefully an NBA championship.”

Calipari apparently told Johnson what would be expected of him, and Johnson was just fine with it.

“(The coaches) told me this was not the place to come if I didn’t want to work hard,” he said. “But I want to work hard and I want to get pushed. And I think Kentucky is the place for me.”

Johnson announced his decision to ESPN after his team beat Jabari Parker’s Simeon Academy on national television. Not a bad day for the young man.

“Just a hard worker,” Johnson said when asked what the Wildcats were getting. “A presence in the paint and in the post on offense and defense. And I’m a good teammate. I think I’m a good person on and off the court.”

Johnson reclassified to the 2013 class in November and it has been a whirlwind ever since. The Hoyas and the Orange are sure to be bummed that Johnson will be going to Lexington, and the rich just keep on getting richer.

Kentucky is recruiting better than any school ever has the last few years. They had No. 1 classes in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the No. 2 class in 2012. Wow.

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