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Dakari Johnson wins championship, Finals MVP honors in China

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Former Kentucky center Dakari Johnson is an NBL Finals champion and MVP.

On Friday, Johnson’s Anuyi Wenyi squad took home a 112-87 victory over Guangxi Weizhuang to finish off an NBL Finals sweep.

Following a 20-point, 15-rebound performance, the former Wildcat took home NBL Finals MVP honors. He averaged 25.3 points (64.1% shooting), 15.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 blocks in the four-game sweep.

During the regular season, the 7-foot center averaged 25.9 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 0.9 blocks per contest.

After the big series victory and Finals MVP award, Kentucky head coach John Calipari reached out on Twitter to show support of his former center, also adding that Johnson is in the process of earning his degree.

“Congratulations to [Dakari Johnson] on winning a championship and the MVP of the finals in China!” Calipari said. “Dakari is a battler who always gives it everything he has. And he’s getting close to earning his degree too!”

“Thanks coach, appreciate you,” Johnson responded. “Few more classes.”

Congratulations to Dakari on the major achievement.


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Patrick Patterson agrees to one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers

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Former Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson has found a new home in the NBA.

This afternoon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Patterson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers worth $2.3 million.

The 30-year-old had played the past two years with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he was never able to carve out a consistent role with the franchise. Patterson never averaged more than 15 minutes or four points per game in either season.

In nine NBA seasons, Patterson has averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in stints with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Now, he will follow OKC teammate and NBA superstar Paul George to Los Angeles, where they are set to team up with Kawhi Leonard.

At Kentucky, Patterson was a two-time First-team All-SEC player in 2009 and 2010, and was named to the SEC All-Defensive team in 2010.

Patterson was drafted No. 14 overall to Houston in 2010.