Former Kentucky big man Dakari Johnson will continue his professional career in China. Johnson re-signed with the Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association, the same team Tracy McGrady once played for between NBA teams near the end of his career.
McGrady’s jersey is retired there, maybe Johnson’s will one day too. He’s entering his third season with the Eagles; last year, he averaged 23.7 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.
Prior to his years in the CBA, Johnson spent some time bouncing back and forth between the NBA and G League with the Oklahoma City Thunder organization. Before that, he of course almost won a national title, twice: first with the freshman class that included the Harrison twins, Julius Randle and James Young, then when Kentucky went 38-0 and why the **** am I bring this up right now?
Good luck to you in Year 3, Dakari!
Made my day seeing @DakariJohnson back in the building. He is in unbelievable shape, although he declined to get back on Big Henry. LOL! And he’s getting close to finishing his degree!!! #LaFamilia pic.twitter.com/t6jiUzhOTT
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 3, 2020