In an article written by Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com, Dakari Johnson’s high school coach shared his thoughts about the future of his former center. Kevin Boyle, currently coaching at Monteverde (Fla.), has coached former one-and- dones Kyrie Irving and our very own Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, so he has a pretty good idea of how players progress and improve throughout their careers. When asked about Dakari’s future and further progression, he feels that another year will do good for his former big man.
“Dakari’s a great kid, very good player. He’s going to be in the NBA one day, but he definitely needs to stay and get a year or two more to keep developing his skills, which will help him get to the league. You can’t go to the league if you’re not ready.”
Currently, Dakari is only averaging 3.9 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. While his services have been shared with both Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle, those numbers aren’t going to land you a big time rookie contract at the next level. Once projected to be a 2014 1st round draft pick, Dakari now finds himself held back to the 2015 draft class, falling to the 19th pick. As one NBA scout noted:
“Johnson should stay without a doubt. Not an NBA guy right now. He would languish on an NBA bench for three years before playing meaningful minutes if he came out this year.”
Also falling back to the 2015 Draft class are the Harrison twins. One could only imagine the level of talent UK’s 2014-2015 team would have if that were to become true, especially with Towns, Booker, Ulis, & Lyles added in to the mix. For the entire article from Zagoria, you’ll be able to find it here.