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NBA GMs to Calipari: Dakari is likely a second rounder

USA Today

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According to the mastermind behind ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage, Chad Ford, John Calipari reached out to several NBA teams to inquire about Dakari Johnson and the consensus is he will likely fall to the second round in the draft.

“John Calipari has been calling NBA folks all week to gauge his draft stock according to sources,” Ford tweeted this morning. “NBA teams are telling Cal that Johnson is likely a second rounder. But Calipari has sounded pessimistic that Dakari will stay at UK.”

Johnson is the only departing Wildcat who Ford believes is making a mistake. Seemingly everyone on the outside of Johnson’s decision tends to agree.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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15 Comments for NBA GMs to Calipari: Dakari is likely a second rounder

  1. hersheyisabear
    11:11 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

    Proof is in the Pie. It is going to be an up hill battle for Dakari. Wish him the best.

  2. Catsby80
    11:15 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

    until he sits up at that table and says he is leaving, i’m not buying stock into the rumor…. if he leaves, knowing that he is a second rounder, then he’s an idiot… i don’t mean that to be insulting, but i mean come on… that is just leaving for the sake of leaving. he could easily come back, work hard, and work his way into the first round. this would be a big time mistake.

  3. cbeard7
    11:26 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

    I’m not convinced that college basketball prepares you for the NBA game. It definitely helps develop maturity, skill set, and work ethic but everyone that jumps to the NBA has to make the same adjustments whether they are one and done or four year players. Dakari can stay and fight for time or he can jump to the pro ranks in some capacity and get paid to develop. The way that he changed his body and energy last summer puts him miles ahead of Orton in terms of maturity and focus. Orton had his chances and so will Dakari, you cant teach size.

    • Lip Man 1
      1:00 pm April 9, 2015 Permalink

      The thing is though Dakari wouldn’t be ‘fighting for time’ if he stayed at UK next year. He’d probably be the starting center in my opinion.

  4. LaGrangeCat
    11:28 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

    At the beginning of the season, Dakari’s mom talked like him entering the draft was a foregone conclusion regardless of the season’s outcome. She said the entire family plans to move to wherever he is drafted.

    • catdaddyd
      1:33 pm April 9, 2015 Permalink

      Fort Wayne welcomes Dakari.

  5. Laker Cat 18
    11:29 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

    I agree with the caller on yesterday’s show. He is better, the bigger he is. He’s never going to have the athleticism to run with the bigs in the NBA. His best chance is to beef back up and use his Glen Davis-type body as an asset as much as he can.

    • ukbradstith
      11:52 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

      He should be able to put on about 10-15 pounds of muscle without putting on much fat. He did play better around the basket when he was fat, but man he ran the floor so much better this year. Problem is we didn’t need him to run the floor, we needed him to move people around.

    • Laker Cat 18
      11:54 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

      You’re exactly right. Agree 100%.

  6. Al B. Frank
    11:33 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

    I know it’s off topic, and sorry if it has been reported already… but it looks like Billy Gillispie will be the Head Coach at Ranger Junior College:

    • JoeMoney333
      11:43 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

      Oh, hey there Monday. Nice to see you again!

    • American Errorist
      12:15 pm April 9, 2015 Permalink

      That’s right Al B. Frank get that weak sheet outta here!

  7. cracka
    11:49 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

    i love dakari, love his work ethic, love the work he put in … you see it in his body and his free throw shot … still can’t jump, though

    you don’t jump higher by losing weight, you need to add muscle and i believe he will

    saying all of that, i hope he goes pro, he’s a big guy … he’ll be a backup in the league and make a good living … also, the cats will be able to run a little more with quicker bigs and a guard heavy lineup

    • ukbradstith
      11:54 am April 9, 2015 Permalink

      He does jump higher this year, he’s just not real explosive going straight up. You do jump higher by losing fat, but he can jump higher by adding muscle too.

  8. KevinM
    12:39 pm April 9, 2015 Permalink

    It will definitely be about work ethic.

    Johnny O’Bryant and Jarnell Stokes are fair examples.

    Jodie Meeks and Keith Bogans also fared well as 2nd rounders.