When comparing him to former college players, many scouts have compared Johnson to former Ohio State Buckeye Jared Sullinger. Both players are very strong, have a large frame, and their offense comes from good post up skills. Here are how the major recruiting services rated him:
Dakari is a true force whenever he steps on the court. He plays up a grade in the 15 & Under division and he is still dominant. He has a strong body and good hands. His feet and footwork are good for a player so young. He is an excellent scorer inside and his teammates make a concerted effort to get him the ball in the paint. He scores mostly off short face up shots in the lane but will show an occassional post move scoring over his left shoulder. Johnson is an excellent rebounder with his big body and strong hands.
He is not an elite level athlete so he is not an avid shotblocker but he is effective using his body to clog the lane.
STRENGTHS Hands Rebounding Traffic Rebounding
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT Athleticism Explosiveness Mid-Range Game
Rebounding is Dakari Johnson’s strong point. It starts with getting position in the paint, but he also pursues the ball off the rim with two hands. Johnson has a nice set of hands and great touch on the block. His go-to move is a hook over his left shoulder, but he;s a capable finisher with either hand. Athletically he’s just OK, as he’s a below the rim guy. WIth that said, he’s transformed his body, will play physical inside and can score some.