Dakari Johnson predicted he would win a national championship with the Kentucky Wildcats shortly after helping his high school team win the NHSI tournament in April. He was named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament and his back to the basket play was impressive.
Amazingly, he will most likely come off the bench for the Wildcats due to extraordinary depth. Let’s hope that he stays hungry, comes in and dominates on the defensive end, because that will make for some dominant and visually pleasing basketball. He is capable of doing that, for sure, especially against mostly non-starter big men. If Johnson is okay with coming off the bench, then this team is going to be scary. Something tells me he will be fine with it too, especially considering Julius Randle is his roommate. They have posted some pretty humorous social media and if they can develop their roommate chemistry into teammate chemistry, then we could be in for a special season from the Wildcats. Working with Randle all summer can only help the development of Johnson’s game and by the looks of twitter they have been playing quite a bit of basketball this summer.
Johnson may end up staying more than one year since the game tape on him next season might not be that vast. I’m sure that would come as welcome news to John Calipari and the rest of Big Blue Nation, but for that we will just have to wait and see.