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Report: Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson declares for NBA draft

NCAA Men's Final Four - Practice

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Dakari Johnson #44 of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Kentucky annual exodus of players to the NBA draft continues.

The Harrison twins jumped first, and more highly touted players like Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein will likely follow.

For now, NBA teams will have to settle for just another non-elite Kentucky prospect in the draft.


Kentucky sophomore center Dakari Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft, a source close to the situation told

Johnson will have to work his way into the first round, though that’s certainly possible.

The 7-footer is a center’s center – big and strong and forceful in the paint. Unfortunately, that’s about all he is.

Johnson isn’t particularly explosive, and he doesn’t move well in space. Those traits limit his effectiveness defensively and on the glass, which makes it hard to see him becoming a starting NBA center.

But a solid backup? Sure.

It will probably be a ways into the draft until teams are ready to pick someone they project as a backup, though.