44 - Dakari Johnson

7-0, 260 Center
Kentucky Sophomore
09/22/95 (24.3 yrs)
Brooklyn, NY
High School
Monteverde Academy
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NBA Ready
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NBA Comparison: Aaron Gray

Strengths: Johnson is a big man (7’0, 255 lbs.) who plays big.  He uses his strength well and is generally the tallest guy on the court … He is an unselfish prospect who became one of the nation’s top role players on one of college basketball’s strongest teams … Does the little things like set screens and box out well that should help him transition to the NBA … Burly big man who uses his strength to get deep post position and great rebounding position.  Simply overpowered people at the college level … An excellent offensive rebounder due to his size, motor, and technique, Johnson ranks fourth among draft prospects in offensive rebound percentage, at 13.5% … Shows some mobility and fluidity for a guy his size …  Improved his body prior to last season and has shown a willingness to get up and down in transition and finish on the pick and roll … Solid shot-blocker.  Averaged 2.3 blocks per 40 minutes due to his size and good instincts … High motor guy who keeps plays alive and made a lot of winning plays en route to an undefeated regular season last year for the Wildcats …

Weaknesses: Johnson’s ceiling is relatively low.  Essentially, what you saw Johnson doing in college (being a role player, doing little things, not being relied on to score much, even coming off the bench) is what you’ll see him doing in the NBA if he gets a shot … A bit of a pldder … Does not have an NBA-caliber offensive game.  Limited repertoire of post moves and little-to-no range on his jump shot … Doesn’t excel on the defensive glass like he does on the offensive glass because his box-out technique isn’t great, even though the athleticism and strength are there … Though his improved conditioning has helped, Johnson is not particularly athletic or quick and can get caught rotating over too slowly on defense or getting left behind in transition … Also is not much of an above-the-rim player despite his size … Fairly foul-prone, limiting his effectiveness as a defender … Poor free-throw shooter.  Though he raised his percentage from 45% to 63% from his freshman to sophomore year, his mechanics are still poor and he still connects at a very low rate … Despite his size, he’s not great defensively.  Tends to get caught out of position and his length (7’1") isn’t actually that outstanding, combining with his athleticism to make him somewhat limited as a rim protector … Doesn’t have the lateral quickness to save himself if he gets caught guarding a smaller player on the perimeter … Focus and work ethic could use improvement …

Notes: Former McDonald’s All-American …

Overall: Johnson is never going to be a big scorer, but he has already been a productive role player at the college level and could play a similar role in the pros.  He’s got a combination of size and strength that you won’t find in many prospects, but he’s still very raw both offensively and defensively, lacking a decent post repertoire, range, and defensive rebounding ability … He may struggle in a league full of centers his size, but he could also find a spot as a backup big man for several years to come…

Jacob Stallard 5/11/15

Notes: Measured 6’11 (in shoes) 263 lbs, with a 7’0 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy

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