There’s something cooking with 2014 center Dakari Johnson (New York, N.Y./Montverde Academy), who is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPN 60. As early as a month ago, college coaches were sniffing around the situation, probing to see if Johnson was serious about moving into the 2013 class.
On Monday, the Twitterverse kicked into full effect. In making the necessary calls, we uncovered a few key points:
• Johnson, according to a source, informed Montverde on Monday of his intentions to reclassify, and that requires action on the school’s part in terms of getting his transcript together.
• Technically, Johnson is age appropriate in the 2014 class. He was held back pre-high school, so he would be considered a “young” senior.
• Johnson should be able to finish as a senior this year with little trouble.
• Some schools likely to be players include Syracuse, Georgetown, Kansas, Florida and Kentucky. The Gators and Hoyas are the lone programs that have had a head coach presence in the gym so far this fall. Georgetown head coach John Thompson was in over the weekend.
• Kentucky has not been in to see Johnson, but more than one source pointed out that Johnson is highly likely to look UK’s way should the Wildcats make a move toward recruiting him.
• Expect an announcement out of Montverde as early as Tuesday on Johnson’s status.
• Johnson will likely take the standardized test in December and free himself for January official visits. He visited a number of programs unofficially in the fall, including Syracuse, Georgetown and Florida.
There’s silence regarding Johnson right now for a reason: Montverde and Johnson need to get on the same page regarding academic status. This is not a fly-by-night school where you merely move class years without concern for the academic component. There’s a process.
What all this means is that we believe Johnson will be in the 2013 class sometime this week. And by the time you get around to reading this, we might have an official announcement.