Dakari Johnson on teaming up with Cauley-Stein

 Posted by at 11:59 AM on April 1, 2013
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CHICAGO — UK announced Monday that freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein would return to the school for a sophomore season.

That means the Cats won’t be lacking for big bodies in 2013-14. Cauley-Stein will join Dakari Johnson, who committed to Kentucky in January and is considered the No. 1 center in the class of 2013.

Johnson told the Herald-Leader on Sunday night that he would have no problem teaming up with his fellow 7-footer.

“If he comes back I can learn a lot from him,” Johnson said. “He’ll push me during practice. I think we complement each other well. He’s an athletic big. I’m not as athletic.”

Johnson added that he and Cauley-Stein could share the floor at the same time, much like Nerlens Noel and Cauley-Stein did this past season before Noel’s season-ending knee injury.

“He would help me out a lot, because he’s so athletic,” Johnson said. “If my man beats me, he’s right there to block shots.”

And if Cauley-Stein ends up starting over him, so be it.

“I’m all about winning. Playing time is not a concern,” he said.


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