Johnson making an impression on coaches

Five-star center Dakari Johnson was very impressive at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational, and has many schools showing him a lot of attention.

As the No. 3 ranked player in the 2014 class, Dakari Johnson is no doubt one of the most in demand prospects in the country. At nearly 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds, Johnson has the size and skill to be an impact player in college basketball. Now the Montverde (Fla) Academy center is focused on getting better.

During the John Lucas Midwest Invitational, Johnson was one of the best bigs at the event. He used his size and strength to control the paint, and enjoyed his time learning from ex-NBA players.

"It is very good to chill out with the guys who are highly ranked, and to go against them and I think it is helping me get better," said Johnson of the camp.

Up next for Johnson is a trip to Colorado Springs for the USA Basketball tryouts. Johnson says it will be good to go up against many of the others in his class.

"I think it is going to be good," Johnson explained. "It is going to be cold, so I will have to get used to that, but it will be good to go out there and go through four really tough practices."

Even though Johnson isn't going to be able to participate in games this year at Montverde, he is able to work out and go through practices. Johnson says so far numerous schools have been by to check him out.

"Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville, Kentucky, those schools and a bunch of others have come by," noted Johnson.

To this point Johnson has really only had a chance to make one unofficial visit, and that was to Florida.

"I went to Florida last week, and I will probably go to another football game there, but nothing is coming up," said Johnson.

About the visit he said, "It was a good visit. The atmosphere was crazy and it was a real big game. It was a very good visit to hang out with the players and the coaches."

Currently Johnson is wide open in the process. For a kid who grew up in New York, moved to Lexington, and is now in Florida, he says he feels comfortable all over the country.

"I really have gotten used to the entire country basically," Johnson explained. "I just got used to all areas. At times I miss my family, but I am getting used to it."

When it does come time for Johnson to seriously start thinking about a school, he says a few factors will stick out.

"I am just going to look for a school that just fits me, and a place where you will have to work hard to get your spot," explained Johnson. "I don't want anything to be given to me."

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