Weekend recap: Dakari Johnson visits Kentucky

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UK commitment Dakari Johnson posed for a picture with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas during his official visit Saturday.

UK commitment Dakari Johnson posted a picture of himself with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas during his official visit to Lexington on Saturday.

Wrapping up the biggest storylines of the weekend …

UK commitment Dakari Johnson finally got to take his official visit to Lexington. The 7-foot senior was at Sayre — where he attended middle school — on Friday, took in the ESPN Gameday festivities on Saturday morning and returned to Rupp for UK’s big win over Missouri on Saturday night. Johnson sat directly behind the Wildcats bench during the game, cheering along with the rest of the crowd while wearing a UK sweatshirt and hat. He later tweeted a photo from inside the UK locker room with the message: “Trying to hang one next year.” Johnson, who committed in January, can sign with Kentucky on April 17.

UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua was in Richmond on Sunday to see Madison Central senior guard Dominique Hawkins. Madison Central plays its 11th Region opener Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. at Eastern Kentucky University. If the Indians win that game, UK could return to see Hawkins on Friday night. Click here for the latest update on his recruitment.

UK signee Derek Willis scored 25 points to lead Bullitt East to a district championship Friday night. Click here for video highlights of the game. Willis and the Chargers play their region opener Tuesday night at Valley High.

The “Big Three” uncommitted UK targets in the class of 2013 all had impressive highlight-reel dunks over the weekend. Check out these slams from Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon. … Wiggins will make his official visit to Kentucky on Wednesday.

2013 point guard Emmanuel Owootoah played well in the 53rd District final Friday night, but his Cordia Lions fell to Knott County Central. Afterward, Owootoah talked to the Herald-Leader about his recruitment and moving from Toronto to eastern Kentucky.

UK commitment Karl Towns was part of an instant classic in the finals of his area tournament Friday night. The 2014 big man averaged 27.2 points, 15.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks over the tournament’s four games and won the MVP award. NJ.com has an in-depth look at Friday’s double-overtime thriller.

2014 point guard Tyus Jones took a visit to Kansas for the Jayhawks’ game against TCU. The Minnesota native tweeted Sunday night that he enjoyed the trip. Jones, regarded by many as the No. 1 overall player in the class, is also considering UK, Duke, Minnesota, Michigan State, Baylor and Ohio State. He visited Kentucky for a game in January.

Speaking of 2014 point guards, Arizona got a commitment from five-star prospect Parker Jackson-Cartwright on Sunday. The Los Angeles native wasn’t being recruited by Kentucky, but his commitment could be considered good news for the Cats. Arizona was also thought to be high on Emmanuel Mudiay‘s list of schools. Mudiay has an offer from Kentucky and is considered — along with Jones — to be one of the two best point guards in the class. It’s less likely he would choose Arizona with another highly rated point guard already committed.

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  5 Responses to “Weekend recap: Dakari Johnson visits Kentucky”

  1. Thanks, as always, Ben. I always check your news first.

  2. I hope Kentucky recruits this Hawkins from Richmond, KY. It is time UK recruited some kids that will give the program some continuity and experience. Getting tired of the one and dones here in Raywick. I want some KY kids that play for the front of the jersey, not the back.

  3. Really Bickett: I bet you werent complaining last year when they hung #8. So you want Cal to recruit lesser players in hope they stay for more than a year and possibly contend every 4th year? Cal signed Willis didnt he? If Cal didnt try recruiting the best kids everyone would be mad and you know it. And to say that these kids dont love UK because they’re only here for a year is ridiculous.

  4. LOL. Imagine how great we would be if we just recruited guys that weren’t starters on their high school teams. We would be the envy of everyone. We could have four year guys all the time. That would be incredible. We could double down and start recruiting ONLY Kentucky High School bench-warmers. Now I’m getting REALLY excited!

  5. I somewhat agree with bickett but not entirely. I’m in no way tired of the one and dones simply because they are obviously the best players. However, getting either homegrown or out of state 4 year role players that aren’t just fillers like Ryan Long or Sam Malone would be beneficial. Homegrown talent would be preferred since they’re likely to have been fans their whole lives. Who knows Willis could be a star in 4 years haha

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