For Dakari Johnson, hopefully he ended his high school career the same way he will start his collegiate career: as a national champion. Johnson was a big part of his Montverde Academy team’s run to the NHSI championship this weekend. “I just didn’t want to lose,” Johnson told ESPN following the game. Johnson’s team had to make a huge comeback to win, down by as many as 16 in the second half. Johnson hit a big shot down the stretch, drawing a foul as well and then converting the free throw. Johnson finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while displaying an improved offensive skill set. Johnson looked great with the ball in his hands with his back to the basket, finishing on a variety of strong post moves.
Dakari Johnson’s parting words moments after winning a high school national championshio? “I’m going to win a national championship at Kentucky next year.”