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Dakari Johnson Commitment: Live Diary



Well, this is an lovely surprise! We began today thinking that the off weekend meant a slow day in the Big Blue Nation. Boy, were we wrong. It seems that if Kentucky isn’t playing on national television, ESPN will find some other way to showcase the Wildcats. Today, they’ll do so by airing the commitment of Dakari Johnson, a 6’10″/250 lb center with all the necessary accolades to become a Wildcat: top center in the class of 2013, No. 12 overall prospect, five stars, member of the Team USA that won the FIBA U17 World Championship this past summer, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s “lil bro” and teammate at St. Patrick’s, and poops ice cream. That last one is unconfirmed, but you get the point.


After jokingly telling teammates and reporters that he would be committing to “Phoenix Online,” Dakari Johnson is deciding among Kentucky, Syracuse, and Georgetown. Turn your televisions to ESPNU, wait for halftime of the 8 pm Cancer Research Classic game, and settle in. Click refresh on this page every so often as I’ll be updating you on Johnson’s every move leading up to the announcement. Let’s have some fun.


 8:49 pm: Phoenix Online is really salty right now.

8:48 pm: Biggest factors? The coaches, who Johnson felt were honest about the hard work and selflessness required to be a Wildcat. Kentucky fans can expect Johnson to be a hard worker, a presence in the post on both offense and defense, and a great teammate.

8:47 pm: KENTUCKY!

8:46 pm: Fit was most important to Dakari in his decision. He wants to win championships in high school, college, and NBA. Yes…

8:45 pm: Dakari looking sharp in a purple polo. Talking with announcers about the suddenness of his announcement. The decision to announce early came after discussing it with his family.

8:44 pm: Here we go…

8:43 pm: HALFTIME. Let’s do this.

8:42 pm: The Salesian vs  Gonzaga high school game feaures Jabari Bird, who’s committed to California. Every time the announcer mentions Bird and Cal, my heart jumps thinking he means Coach Calipari. #KentuckyEffect

8:38 pm: In case you forgot, Johnson and Montverde (what a lovely name for a school) are coming off an emphatic 82-53 win over Jabari Parker and Simeon. At the end of the third quarter, Johnson had 12 points and 9 rebounds on 6-8 shooting while Coach Cal and Coach O watched.

8:35 pm: Dakari just tweeted “Decision time.” I’m geeking.

8:32 pm: The current Cancer Research Classic game, Salesian vs Gonzaga, has five minutes left in the half. I have the commitment jitters already. It’s probably unnecessary, but I feel alive.

8:25 pm: I have spent the time preceding the announcement by thoroughly researching Dakari Johnson, seeing as how I’m a serious and professional journalist. My favorite nuggets of information so far have hailed from his bio on USA Basketball’s website. For example, Dakari’s favorite app is Temple Run and he has once held a position as a babysitter. Similarly, I am babysitting as we speak. The kids are in bed. I think.



Article written by Kristen Geil

38 Comments for Dakari Johnson Commitment: Live Diary

  1. Scotty B
    8:34 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    You are ate up! But funny.

  2. Ukbradstith
    8:35 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Not first

  3. Scotty B
    8:36 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    What a way to spend an off Saturday. High school football game. Bengals. Football commit. High shcool basketball game. Basketball commit?

  4. 502cat
    8:38 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve seen his highlight vids. Am I missing something? Unimpressed. Not very athletic. I hope I’m wrong.

  5. Scotty B
    8:39 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    He is big..huge and runs the floor well. Think Bynum.

  6. ACK! There’s a BIG…RED…BIRD in the middle of the floor on that game!!! Gag!!!

  7. I hope that’s supposed to be a hawk and not a card.

  8. 2 possible big-time commits in 1 night shoulda been live-blogged!

  9. Here he goes…

  10. JohnnyAwful
    8:44 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone have a streaming link?

  11. C-A-T-S! CATSCATSCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Shawn
    8:46 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Second player Cal has gotten from Boyle.

  13. Bobbum man
    8:46 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink


  14. Joe
    8:46 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    YES! This never gets old!

  15. 44 Stitches
    8:46 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink


  16. Kristina
    8:46 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Whoop there it is!

  17. Becker
    8:46 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Oh yes!!

  18. UKAllDay2k
    8:47 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Dakari Johnson is a Wildcat!

  19. Bobbum man
    8:47 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    And I’m sick of hearin people say this but folks he’s 6’10 270 he’s not gonna be lebron James he’s freakin huge

  20. Inspector
    8:47 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Time to make room for number 9 in the rafters of RUPP

  21. Glad these guys don’t seem to be playing the shell game with the hats like so many guys have done in the past.

  22. WinstonBennett Love Machine
    8:48 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    When he said – I want to win a national championship – it could only mean Kentucky!!!! Welcome to the best ever program young man!

  23. SeaCat
    8:48 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    If you babysit me, i will double your pay.
    No, ten fold increase…

  24. Scotty B
    8:48 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Only Randle or Wiggins or Gordon left

  25. AndyDaltonSucks
    8:49 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins and Randle come on down…

  26. Wow, it’s like I said the other day. It’s almost like Cal just lines ’em up and says “Okay, I’ll take you, and you, and you…”. Or what’s that old saying? Something like “He just sets ’em up and knocks ’em down!”.

  27. mudcreekmark
    8:49 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Now that is a “Big” Johnson.

  28. Wild Blue Yonder
    8:51 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    We just need Wiggins now as the icing on a Championship team.

  29. 25, that screen name is salt on an open wound to this Bengals fan! 🙂
    It’s been much easier to take with the 2 big commits the Cats got tonight though!

  30. poppycat
    8:51 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    This guy is more than just a good player. I like his interview, speaking ability and the obivious statements. I don’t know his GPA, but bet it’s good.

  31. brandon harper
    8:52 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder how many players are commuting to LOUISVILLE today??

    8:53 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Dakari is ‘trending’ 🙂

  33. SeaCat
    8:53 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    this will not scare off Wiggins or Randle,
    they both want a big center.

  34. Forget Louisville! Phoenix Online fans are REALLY livid right now. Take that one, Phoenix! LOL! That’s funny that he joked about that.

  35. brain
    8:57 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Great get and a missing piece we needed in this class, Freakish class.

  36. Phoenix Online
    9:40 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Things You Do Not Know About Phoenix Online:

    Enrollment: 300,005
    School Nickname: The Lap Toppers
    Uniforms: Flashing…red, green & yellow
    Arena: Centrally located in St. Louis
    Record 2011 – 2012: Won 3, Lost 27
    Best Win In Program History: Beat Duke online in 2010 when Duke’s server crashed in the last 2.5 seconds of the game.
    Average Age of Cheerleaders: 43
    Recruits 2013: (4) committed; 5 star programmer, 3 star social worker, 1 star lawyer, 5 star used car salesman ……1 Walk On – Dentist (grades could be problem)
    Famous Alum: Donald Trump, Tonya Harding, Unibomber, Allen Iverson & Rupert Murdock
    Coach: Billy G

  37. The Word
    9:57 pm January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Rivals…Please update the “list” to reflect Kentucky. Five signed FIVE star recruits!

  38. Rasky262
    12:06 am January 6, 2013 Permalink

    So excited that Tracy Morgan will be a Wildcat!