Johnson works while sitting out

Even though he sat out the high school season, Dakari Johnson looks to have made major strides with his game.

It was an interesting year for five-star class of 2014 center Dakari Johnson. The Montverde (Fla.) Academy product wasn't eligible to play during the high school season due to transfer rules, but that doesn't mean he took time off. Johnson was working hard, and his game is showing the benefits of it.

At 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds, Johnson looks in great shape running with Each 1 Teach 1 on the Nike EYBL circuit. That improved conditioning has led to him being able to do more on the basketball floor.

"The spring has gone good for me," said Johnson. "You are playing against the best players in the EYBL, and every game is a great game. You just have to go out and play hard."

According to Johnson, being forced to sit out the year allowed him to completely focus on a few areas of his game that needed improvement.

"It was hard for me sitting out at first, but every day during my last period I would do weights and conditioning. I just worked hard to get my body in the best condition possible," Johnson explained.

He continued, "On the basketball court I focused on my mid-range jump shot and just going to basket strong and trying to dunk everything."

Recruiting wise it is no surprise that many of the top teams in the country are showing Johnson a lot of love on the recruiting trail.

"Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, Florida, Kansas, Ohio State, and Georgetown are the schools after me the most," said Johnson.

According to Johnson having the attention that he does is quite humbling seeing that he is just now finishing up his sophomore year.

"It is very humbling to have at a very young age," said Johnson. "I like those colleges a lot, and I watch them all on quite a bit. It is great to know them that they are showing a lot of interest."

When talking to the coaches and watching the games, Johnson says he looks for and pays attention to a few specific things.

"Just I look at the coaching style, how the teams play, how I would fit in with their specific style," explained Johnson.

For now the plan for Johnson is to have a list of six schools by the end of the summer. After he does that, he will then begin to make visits and go from there in order to pick a college.

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