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I think people are overlooking this guy. He led all UK recruits in scoring at the MAAG. also im watching his HS game right now and no one is getting a rebound away from him. People are also not even moving him off the block. He is also more athletic than people give him credit for. Dakari threw down a 2 handed dunk and i swear the rim was about to touch the backboard lol, so strong.
Also dont see why Kasey Hill is the #2 PG. i mean he is fast but from what ive seen in this game he is a terrible decision maker and kinda small. Not a great shoot either. Again this is what ive seen from this game, not overall.
This post was edited by UK fan 4Life 12 months ago
He's going to push WCS for playing time. I scoffed at that idea before this game but Dakari is damn good and huge. He's gonna push people around in college. Exactly what we need off the bench. A guy that can come in and dominate the pain. Show teams we won't be pushed around. Along with Randle inside we're gonna own the boards.
Andrew Harrison is head and shoulders above everyone at PG in this class. He's got the first PG taken in the draft on lock.
Watching here, too. Dakari is a very good prospect, but WCS is in a different dimension in terms of speed, quickness, jumping ability and court presence. I also like it that Dakari has played prep ball, and as a result against a lot more big kids than he would have in high school basketball, where many times, big kids are at a disadvantage. WCS would be unbelieveable had he had that advantage.
WCS and Dakari have two very distinct and different skill sets. Dakari is almost a throw back big and what he lacks in athleticism he makes up with good fundamentals, strength and a nice touch around the bucket. WCS is an athletic freak of nature pure and simple and he's just scratching the surface of his potential. Tall, fast and with great leaping ability but his skills are still a little underdeveloped due to not focusing on basketball really until he hit UK. Bottom line is the post position is in very good hands next year when either are roaming in the middle!!!
Whats gonna be nice about it is when shots are not falling we have a couple bigs in Johnson and randle who we can iso and get either easy buckets or free throws.The only potential weakness i see is we may not be an elite 3pt shooting team but i think we will be adequate.
WCS is different not necessarily that much better. Dakari is a monster. Long term both have enormous potential.
Yeah, i agree with this.
WCS actually has a lot of issues. First of all, his FT is horrendous. Didn't think they would be that bad. He practically has no go to moves of any kind. His shots that he made looked terrible in terms of form, and looked almost forced. He also wasn't a very strong rebounder for his size.
I think, everything will depend on how much he develops. This off season. His potential is enormous and his growth has been enormous. So, if he continues to develop, than he can win out the starting position.
However, Dakari Johnson is #1 center coming out of HS...there is a reason for this. The boy is HUGE, and will get ALOT stronger. 265 lbs. BEAST.
The depth in the front court is ridiculous. With stein, Johnson and lee there are fifteen fouls. Randle could even man the five against anyone but a thick 7 footer. Versatility and depth are going to let the wildcats be so aggressive and apply so much pressure defensively I think some opposing coaches may go to the fetal position the night before a game.
I think the great thing for WCS is even though his offensive skills are so underdeveloped on this team he doesnt have to score. There will be scorers at every other posistion plus there back ups with the exception of Lee. WCS and Lee will have the primary responsibility to be the last line of defense, block shots, get put backs, and rebound and pass out of the post. The fact that they will have to be guarded one on one makes them very dangerous if they focus on these things. Johnson is the same, but I see him developing into another real offensive threat by conference season.
Johnson can be on the floor when we need a scoring post. Against teams that can't matchup against a scoring post. Just another wrinkle/weapon in this offense that should become potent. And with Dakari you probably lose very little defensively and probably gain on the boards. I see him being really huge in SEC play. Teams will find ways to make it hard on our guards. But they can't stop a 7 footer that can score with his back to the basket. Nobody has ever been able to stop that in college ball and the NBA. Its impossible to stop a 7 footer when a 7 footer has really good footwork and hands.
You are spot on about DJ from where I sit, tWhit.
He also has a really good understanding of his own game. He knows his strengths and weaknesses. He has a good work ethic. He will be something special.
And there goes the kids freshman season. Stating a player is beast is like the madden game cover curse. As soon as it is stated it never works out. ;)
Agree 100%. The point I was making is that Dakari played Prep School, and played against other big kids, more than he would have seen in H.S. basketball in any state. He is so much better prepared than WCS was out coming out of H.S.
Really? Cause it didn't seem to jinx Big Cuz, Jones, Davis, or MKG.
I'm sure you meant "paint" but this works too.
And you said off the bench for a reason. WCS has unique attributes for a seven footer, so I expect him to have every opportunity to start and play the most minutes of anyone at C.
To Wildmoon's concern about WCS's offensive skills (including foul shooting), his form is good and I fully expect him to shoot over 70% from the free throw line next year. A big part of his struggles there had to do with confidence. Despite the fact that he was shooting them well in practice, one miss in a game would snowball.
As to a go-to move, his go-to move is to get to the hole. His athleticism allows him to do that in many ways (straight line, spin, etc). WCS will be more than fine next year.
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