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Dakari’s HS Coach Believes He Should Stay Another Year

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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.

Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

27 Comments for Dakari’s HS Coach Believes He Should Stay Another Year



  1. inside info
    7:21 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    two words Dakari:

    Daniel Orton



  2. Kev
    7:23 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    It’s way too early. But as of now the only one that SHOULD go is Randle. And perhaps WCS if he’s expected top 10.



    • Teachable Mo'
      7:29 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      Miss St double teamed Dakari Johnson when Johnson and Randle were on the floor together.



  3. Teachable Mo'
    7:38 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Let me reiterate what my prior comment means: Because Miss St doubled Dakari, he should therefore be a higher draft pick with more upside than Randle. I’m an idiot who thinks he knows everything.



    • Teachable Mo'
      10:17 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      What it means (to me) is that opposing coaches think more of Dakari Johnson than some readers of KSR do.

      (Apparently some who use the name Teachable Mo’ read too much into comments.)



  4. Yikes
    7:46 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Dang. He is so ugly, he has to trick or treat over the phone.



    • Dee W.
      11:52 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      What in the world are you talking about?



  5. John Wall
    7:51 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Uh….yea



  6. UKBlue
    7:52 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Isn’t this kind of a given? Darkari not any where close to being ready for the NBA. Who would have thought we would be so lacking fundamentally; they all need another year. Cal says the NBA stands for No Boys Allowed, well; they may all jump, but they will all be sent to the D League. Randle has no outside game & couldn’t hit a 3 if his life depended on it, the Twins still need a ton of work, Young wha this kid needs work especially on defense. At this rate, even WCS would be in the D League.



    • Elwood Blues
      7:55 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      I agree with everything you said except for Willie. Even though it would do him good to stay another year, I think he’s NBA ready.



  7. Elwood Blues
    7:52 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Obviously he should stay another year at least. BUT, I’m very impressed with his low-post offense. He doesn’t have a lot of moves in his arsenal, but the ball seems to find its way into the basket whenever he puts it up. I wonder how much competition there’ll be between him and Towns (assuming he stays).



    • 2014-2015
      10:37 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      Towns will start at the 4, Dakari will start at the 5. Towns can be stretch-4, standard PF, and a center.

      Off the bench: Marcus Lee will probably be a little bigger and stronger (220-225 pounds maybe?), and he’ll back up the 4 and sometimes 5. Idk if Lyles could be an oversized 3 or as a 5, so he seems most suited as a 4. Willis will hopefully be bigger and stronger too (215-220 pounds?) and will get minutes at 3 and 4.



  8. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:10 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    I hope that Dakari, and the Harrison twins listen.



  9. Mean Randy
    8:16 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    None or very few of them will listen and return, point blank period.



  10. Daniel Orton
    8:53 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    “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.” Daniel Orton avg 3 points and 2 rebounds for 1 year in college and was a 1st round pick with a guaranteed contract.



  11. James K
    9:02 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    The twins will not be back.



    • mashburnfan1
      9:21 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      good



    • mashburnfan1
      10:25 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      …for Louisville, my favorite team.



    • mashburnfan1
      8:35 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

      Why can people post under my name.? I am a UK fan, just not a fan of the lazy Andrew Harrison. This is not like our prior UK teams where you get 4 years to embrace these kids and watch them mature on and off the court. They came to UK because of the tradition and wearing Kentucky on your jersey was meaningful. Now they come for a year because they have to go somewhere for a year and most of these guys probably have no clue about the tradition of UK. I think that is one reason tickets have been so available, 15-20 years ago you could not easily get UK tix so cheap.



  12. whodat
    9:28 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Dakari is a rich man’s Naz Mohammed… he may go based on potential but if he does he has a lot of D league ahead of him.



    • 2005 San Antonio Spurs
      10:39 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      Remember, he was their starting center when they won it all. I hope Dakari does stay, though. I think he will.



  13. ShagariObrzut
    10:22 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Randle is really the only one who can justify going pro.

    WCS – too inconsistent, too limited offensively

    Harrisons – inconsistent shooters, rely on their size a lot. Although they both have good mid range games and are getting better

    Young – James is a volume shooter. He gets a lot of points by putting up a lot of shots. He’s shooting a pretty low percentage from 3 and from the field. Although he has the potential to be a very good shooter and is a great rebounder.

    Poythress – I don’t know if there’s any chance of Alex going pro, but he shouldn’t. Still needs to find a way to make a play on his own. He’s a great finisher, but he has to find some offense outside of that.

    Johnson – slow, doesn’t have enough post moves, not a great defender, can’t guard the pick and roll. Johnson reallllly needs to stay.



  14. dj
    4:55 am January 13, 2014 Permalink

    I agree with the majority here. I think none of them are ready with the exception of Randle. But we have to look at the scholarship numbers as well as the number of new recruits for next season as well. I think Lee, Willis, and Johnson come back, but we lose Randle, WCS, and Young. That’s three open Scholarships. Plus two more with Hood and Polson graduating.



  15. Barry Soetoro
    7:29 am January 13, 2014 Permalink

    Great conversation to have every year since Cal got here but what have we learned? That if there is a chance for the players to go early, they go early. 2-Pat being the only exception.



  16. lou eaton
    9:27 am January 13, 2014 Permalink

    If Dakari is ready then I am ready. Absurd conversation at best. Except for Randle, WCS and possibly Young none of these guys are ready right now. Twins may improve enough but the remainder are at best D league players at this stage.



    • mashburnfan1
      8:37 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

      Andrew is not close to ready, who could he possibly guard in the NBA. His 4 turnovers a game here would be 7 there with maybe 2 or 3 assist and a few points, and this is after a few years on the bench.



  17. UKBlue1!
    12:24 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Stein, Young, Randle and Andrew Harrison are the only players ready to jump. Aaron Harrison, Poythress and Aaron Harrison all would be drafted but it does not mean they are ready. Teague and Orton are both examples of this. If they would have stayed for a sophmore year they wouldve done better.