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5-star recruit Dakari Johnson to choose between Kentucky, Georgetown, Syracuse on Saturday

Jan 5, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

Dakari Johnson

Elite 2013 center Dakari Johnson will announce his college decision tonight on ESPN, Dave Telep of is reporting.

Johnson reclassified to the Class of 2013 from the Class of 2014 this November, fast-tracking his path to college basketball. The 6-10, 250-pound New York native has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Syracuse, and Georgetown.

Syracuse is probably the least likely destination for Johnson, a team that already features DaJuan Coleman and Rakeem Christmas on the interior.

Kentucky has already pulled in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, a group that includes Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee, and Derek Willis. The Wildcats are also considered to be toward the top of the list for five-star recruits Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle.

Georgetown recently got a commitment from UCLA transfer Josh Smith, but could use some size on the interior. This season, the Hoyas are leaning on big man Nate Lubick, being without a major impact player in the middle, one like Roy Hibbert or Greg Monroe.

The program that Johnson chooses will be getting one of the best pure big men in the class. He is strong around the basket and has a good arsenal of moves to score.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. ukraiders - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Come join this ridiculous class at UK. Best friends with Gilchrist can’t hurt. With Willie seeming more and more like a draft pick we need another big man. now get Wiggins and Randle or Gordon.

  2. dalucks - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    If you want to play immediately, shot the ball alot and develop your skills for the NBA then go to Georgetown.
    Going to Kentucky would be a mistake because there will not be any shots available with the Harrison Twins on the team.
    The first option at Georgetown is better than the fifth option at Kentucky. It is like comparing Roy Hibbert to Daniel Orton.
    You decide.

  3. ukraiders - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    a mistake? how did being the fifth option affect anyone last year? Shoot as much as you want the NBA drafts on potential. Look at Andre Drummond. You don’t have to start in college to be a great pro

  4. dalucks - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM


    Andre Drummond did start at UCONN last season.
    No one should strive to be the next Daniel Orton.

  5. ukcatsfan - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Ask Anthony Davis how being the 5th option at UK hurt his draft stock or even ask MKG how being the 4th option on the team hurt his draft stock……oh wait they went 1 and 2!

  6. greenejoemean - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    go to georgetown. it just makes sense

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