Dakari Johnson was recently named the MVP of the National High School Invitational in Bethesda, Maryland. I covered the tournament last weekend thanks to Gracie Palmer and ESPU.
Johnson was incredible in the tournament and had seven blocks in the first game I saw him in. He willed his team to victory in each of Montverde Academy’s three wins.
“I remember when I was a freshman,” Johnson told ESPN’s Dave Telep after the game. “I was playing with St. Patrick’s and Michael Gilchrist, and we had the same opporunity of winning a national championship, And we came up short. I just didn’t want to lose.”
He was quite impressive to watch live. He can dominate on both ends of the floor. He affects the game defensively more than any other player who was at NHSI; he also has a nice back to the basket game and can just muscle other players around on the low block. He recently told USAToday’s Jason Jordan that he thinks he could be Michael Jordan in his prime in one on one, and he’s heading to Brooklyn this Saturday for the Jordan Brand Classic. Below is his tweet about it recently.
Heading back to my hometown tomorrow the big NYC for the jordan brand classic
— dakari Johnson (@dslowmotion22) April 10, 2013
I’m possibly heading up for the game, but will keep my readers posted; also heading to the Nationals Park tonight so may put up some pictures and videos of that later on.