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ESPN ranks Dakari Johnson 12th overall in its updated 2013 rankings

Dakari Johnson, the newest member of the insane 2013 class, will just miss out on making the top 10 in the ESPN 100 when the new rankings come out. Dave Telep of Recruiting Nation said today that Johnson will be slotted as the No. 12 overall player in the ESPN 100 senior class. The former Sayre Spartan had been ranked No. 3 in the junior class.

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30 Comments for ESPN ranks Dakari Johnson 12th overall in its updated 2013 rankings

  1. BllueBear
    12:47 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like he has a unirow of his own going on

  2. bigbluejay
    12:49 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Unibrow 2: elecric browgaloo

  3. Han
    12:57 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hmm, 12, eh? I guess we could still take him if he wants to come and Cal’s interested… 😉

  4. Question
    1:04 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Are we going to sign 10 players in 2013?

  5. Brent
    1:06 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    He’ll get to practice against and back up WCS and then start his Sophmore year.

  6. Brent
    1:08 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    #4. I think we could see some de-commits if Wiggins, Randle and Johnson sign

  7. St. Paul Raiders
    1:11 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    It would appear that Wiggins has a spot no matter what, and there’s room for one of the Randle, Johnson, Gordon group.

  8. Han
    1:17 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    4) Right now, we have Willis, Harrison, Harrison, Young, and Lee
    We are recruiting 1 of Randle and Gordon (presumably not both)
    We are recruiting Wiggins
    We may recruit Johnson

    Assuming Willis stays committed with all the guys who will play ahead of him, and assuming Lee stays committed if we signed Johnson, that would give us a class of 8, ideally.

    Schollie-wise, with those 8, we likely return Wiltjer. We may return Hood if he uses the redshirt and doesn’t transfer for playing time (Grad School rule to play immediately). We’ll return Polson who can go to walkon. We could return Harrow, but I expect he plans to go.

    That’s still only 12 guys with all of those, plus walkons beyond Polson. And most of them want to be 1 and done, but even if they stayed into 2014, you don’t regret returning any of them. (Yeah, Willis may be end of bench.)

  9. Han
    1:20 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Addition to 8, if somehow WCS returns, or we had an injury that redshirted, we still have 1-2 schollies (2 if Polson goes off) to spare. Size of the class isn’t a concern. Playing time would be. Wouldn’t shock me if Cal asked Willis to go to Juco if he wanted to stay committed.

  10. Jordan
    1:25 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Andrew Harrison
    Aaron Harrison
    Andrew Wiggins
    Julius Randle
    Dakari Johnson
    James Young
    Marcus Lee
    Kyle Wiltjer
    Ryan Harrow

    This is possible and would be amazing. 40-0 baby!

  11. Archie
    1:28 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    He went to Sayre?

  12. Lou
    1:37 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    of course he went to Sayre. Why are you suprised?

  13. UKBlue1!
    1:38 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t figure out if the posts about too many good recruits and playing time are trolls or they are bandwagon fans. 1. There are 13 scholarship players. 2. Wilter, Noel, Cauley Stein, Harrow, Poythress and Goodwin will not all return. Cal might have 1 or 2 back next year. 3. Malone, Long, Hood and Polson are on 1 year scholarships. Finally, Cal is not going to get Johnson, Randle and Wiggins. He might sign 1 or 2 but not all three. HE is great but come on.

  14. Some Fly Guy
    1:51 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If we get Randle then honestly I don’t want Johnson. I believe this guy would be a fluke in Caliparis system and I think it’s best if we don’t get him.. he’ll get in the way of the talent we already have coming in.

    to #13 I believe Wiltjer will stay one more year, that’s just my opinion.

  15. Ted Hall
    1:55 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Errbody do the Ted Hall, Ted Hall
    Yes I coach Sayre and yes I take credit for Dakari’s development


  16. Rex Chapman
    2:11 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    To all those that keep commenting on when Kyle Wiltjer will leave, I can assure you that he will be competing for all 4 years. It is not a knock on Kyle, but he is far from being able to compete on the professional level. With that being said he will be a 1,000 point scorer and a veteran basketball player.

  17. BigRush
    2:42 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Everybody has to love themselves some Ted Hall! Sayre Spartans are a power house!

  18. bosshogg24
    3:10 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t count on WCS being here next year. He just might be one and done!

  19. Cards
    3:22 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Drew Franklin has BBN at his fingertips and plays you guys like a flute. Kinda like Calipari…

  20. BAdams
    3:37 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Why are all these kids reclassifying? Selden, Vonleh, Wiggins now Johnson. I can see Wiggins, but I dont know about those other kids. And if they were smart enough to stay in their class they may have been Cats like Selden. Johnson wont be a priority unless Randle and Gordon choose elsewhere. It’s going to be interesting how all this plays out. But I guess means Cliff Alexander is pretty much a lock for 2014 now.

  21. BAdams
    3:38 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    And need to quit forgetting Hood, he redshirted last year so he’s only a junior.

  22. Rommney in 2012
    3:58 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Johnson and Wiggins will finish out our class. I could be wrong,but you would have to think Cal knows pretty much who is coming and who is not. Can’t help but think that went into Johnson’s choice to reclassify.
    I don’t know what everybody has seen so far in our freshmen to think they will all go pro this year. I haven’t seen anything out of any of them yet except for Noel that says that the NBA would be eager to get them. I’m sure that will change over the season, but don’t you think it’s a little early to be making NBA predictions. None have played against compition yet. There is a lot of basketball to be played between now and march.

  23. BAdams
    4:31 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    22, did Davis, MKG, and Teague look like one and dones this time last year? Nope not even close. Its Cal’s reputation for developing these young guys, thats why people assume they will be gone.

  24. Dee Sanders
    5:03 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Sayre and Ted Hall, developing quality young men into top tier frat dogs since 1997

  25. G-Unit
    5:36 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Bottom line is this

    People are starting to think Jabari Parker is going to stay close to home in Illinois
    It has been said that Julius Randle’s leader are UF and Texas with UK a close 2nd (i dont believe that)

    With Dakari now reclassifying i would say that what is going to happen is that UK and UF are going to split Randle and Dakari. Randle fits more into Cal’s style but Dakari “slow motion” Johnson (i love that nickname) is very skilled as well. My Brother went to Sayre with him and the comparisons he draws is he is almost like a Greg Monroe. I’ll take that any day.

  26. G-Unit
    5:39 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    some say Andrew Bynum too as well

    And this kid is all of 6’11 – 265

  27. lonnieb
    5:57 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink


    They are all(harrow, goodwin, poythree, noel with last 3 in top 12) projected in the first round except WCS………who if he continues the way he looks at 7 feet and crazy athletic will be a top 15 pick. He looks more NBA ready physically and offensively than noel. Ive never seen a big get up and down the floor on the break outs like him in college. Bigs that can run like that with his athleticism are tough to find. Only guy that beats him down is goodwin

  28. Cliff Williams
    6:00 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Those guys down at Sayre just love basketball. Right, Coach O needs to get down there and check out some of their talent. They have had Reid “Threeman” the best shooter to walk through their doors, and Hunter Simms possibly the best pick and roll player I’ve ever been around.

  29. Cant wait untill Nov. 13
    6:05 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    #27 I agree total that the potential is there for those 3 to go pro. They Definatly have the talent and recent history on their side. All I’m saying is on Nov. 6 the only one who is a lock is Noel. Who knows who will have a good season or who will have trouble adjusting to the collage game. It’s a long time till the draft. Every year there is always a player or 2 who playes his way into the draft. But there is always 1 or 2 who play their way out as well.

    7:16 pm November 6, 2012 Permalink

    An unamed NBA Gerneral Manager says the next Jeremy Lin is representing the Sayre Spartans this year. He records an averages 31.8 minutes of basketball film per game. That talent isn’t common in these woods