As the NBA draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Kentucky center Dakari Johnson.
High school: Montverde (Fla.) Academy
ALL-USA history: Named to the 2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Second Team along with former Kentucky teammate Andrew Harrison. Posted 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game in his senior season.
Height, weight: 7-0, 255 pounds
By the numbers: Scored 6.4 points per game and averaged 4.6 rebounds in only 16.3 minutes for John Calipari. Backed up Karl-Anthony Towns on the Wildcats’ Final Four team his sophomore year.
Draft positives: That’s right, another Kentucky 7-footer. In limited playing time with the Kentucky carousel, Johnson showed great promise while using his impressive size. He uses his strength well to get good scoring and rebounding position. He loves to involve his teammates as an unselfish passer, and is a solid shot-blocker to compliment all that.
Draft negatives: His position as a role player in college will likely limit Johnson’s ceiling as a pro. Although he will certainly help a team with his size and rebounding, his offensive game is not nearly good enough to gain major minutes. Johnson also lacks the athletic ability to compete heavily at the next level. He will certainly help a team, but he is not someone who NBA teams will rave about.
Projection: Late first round/early second round
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