Yesterday the McDonald’s All-American Game announced it’s squads for the April matchup, and lo and behold, Kentucky got five of its six recruits on the rosters. Ho hum. But unlike the Jordan Brand Classic, which features Aaron Harrison as the only Kentucky commitment on the East team, the MDAAG decided to sequester Dakari Johnson all by himself on their East squad, putting the Harrisons, James Young, and Marcus Lee on the West.
Asked by SNY.tv why he thought that might be the case, Dakari gave the best answer I could have imagined: “I guess they didn’t want the world to see what all five of us could do on the court at the same time.”
While that might be true, they can’t hold it at bay forever. Once the high school All-Star season is over, these guys will get to Kentucky and be able to show everybody what McDonald’s doesn’t want them to know. I guess we should thank McDonald’s, though, for at least putting one Wildcat on a team with Andrew Wiggins, who will be making his decision shortly after the game in April.
Johnson had a few words about what it’ll be like to play against his future teammates, and what it will be like to see them off the court, too:
To compete against my future teammates will be interesting because I know we all like to compete but it should be fun and a great experience. It will be good hanging around those guys because we will not only get to play with and against each other on the court but we’ll get to hang out and know each other off the court. That will be cool.
And, because this week wouldn’t be complete without a little Nerlens speculation, what would it be like for Johnson to play with the elite shot blocker as a sophomore? “[I]t would be cool to play with him if he decides to come, but ultimately that is up to him.”
How scary would that frontcourt be? Throw in a hypothetical Willie Cauley-Stein, and you’ve essentially got an NBA rotation down low.
Good luck to the guys in the All-Star games. And as the only Wildcat on a team with Andrew Wiggins, I hope we see more than just “Dakari: Elite Center,” and maybe a little bit of “Dakari: Elite Salesman.” Either way, congratulations, and get it done.