Kentucky has now landed three prospects ranked No. 1 at their position, with Johnson joining twins Andrew Harrison (point guard) and Aaron Harrison (shooting guard). No wonder the Wildcats have the No. 1 recruiting class -- and one that continues to get historically better.
And the scary part is that Kentucky is still heavily involved with No. 1 overall prospect Andrew Wiggins and No. 4 Julius Randle, who are the top-ranked small forward and power forward, respectively, in the 2013 class.
What is Kentucky getting in Johnson?
No. 1 senior center Dakari Johnson is a load in the post and on the boards.
Johnson is a true center and will be the low-post anchor for the Wildcats right from the start. He has tremendous size, hands and work ethic and is an excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor. Johnson has worked extremely hard to mold his body into excellent shape, and it has really helped him become more productive and consistent.
"I know I am a center and the paint is where I am going to be,” Johnson said.
Johnson will give the Wildcats a paint threat who can score over his left shoulder with good footwork and touch. He can also face slightly off the lane and make a strong one- or two-dribble move. He will have room to work one-on-one in the Kentucky half-court offense, which features excellent spacing and will force opponents to help from long distances given the other elite talent they will have to be concerned with on the perimeter.
"I communicate on defense and I am unselfish and a very good passer out of the post,” Johnson said. “The team here will be talented and unselfish. My goal is to win a high school and college national championship. I am working on the high school one now and want to win a world championship in the NBA."
Johnson doesn’t have the offensive skill package of a DeMarcus Cousins, but he has the size, rebounding and a better work ethic. Plus, his offense will continue to improve under Calipari and his staff.
"I have a great relationship with the coaches,” Johnson said. “Coach Cal told me to come in and work hard. There are no guarantees. Coach Cal also talked about the things I needed to work on instead of the things I already do right."
The future of Kentucky basketball is extremely bright, with a potential NBA lottery pick at every position. Based on the 2013 class that is already in place -- and not even including players the Wildcats could still add and ones they already have in the program -- visualize what Kentucky can put on the floor.