Pick-Six: Dakari Johnson Becomes Sixth Commitment of Historic Kentucky Recruiting Class

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Dakari Johnson, 2014 basketball recruit. Image Credit: ESPN


It’s been a rough start to the 2012 season for the Kentucky Wildcats, but they got some great news today regarding their 2013 recruiting class as Dakari Johnson, who’s regarded as the #1 center prospect, committed to UK tonight.

Johnson made his choice on ESPNU during halftime of the Gonzaga Prep vs. Salesian game after playing in a game against Chicago Simeon (featuring Jabari Parker) on ESPN2.

He becomes the sixth commitment of the 2013 class, which will be the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the country, and include Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee, and Derek Willis, and likely one more commitment from either Andrew Wiggins or Julius Randle.

Johnson originality reclassified to the class of 2013 from the class of 2014, and John Calipari immediately amped up his recruiting efforts to secure a pledge from the 6’10”, 250-pound New York native. He just revealed a few weeks ago that he’d narrowed his list to Kentucky, Syracuse, and Georgetown, and the Cuse and G-Men already have their frontlines solidified for the foreseeable future. Syracuse will likely have DaJuan Coleman (former UK recruit) and Rakeem Christmas, while the Hoyas just landed UCLA transfer Josh Smith. These factors made it even more obvious UK was the favorite.

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