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November 5, 2012

Five-star Johnson reclassifies to 2013


First it was Wayne Selden, then Noah Vonleh. Shortly after Vonleh, Andrew Wiggins followed.

Now, another high profile player from the class of 2014 will most likely be making his way to the class of 2013.

On Monday afternoon, word started to leak out that class of 2014 five-star center Dakari Johnson from Montverde (Fla.) Academy would make the move up to the class of 2013. By Monday night, several sources had confirmed that the 6-foot-10 Johnson would indeed be making the switch and that it would be confirmed by a press release from Montverde sometime within the next few days.

A true back-to-the-basket post man with sure hands and soft touch, Johnson will enter the class of 2013 ranked as the No. 13 player in the land. He is comfortable establishing position on either the right or the left block, never seems to be in a rush and is a very strong rebounder and positional defender.

Given that Johnson sat out his sophomore season at Montverde due to transfer rules after following head coach Kevin Boyle from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, this puts him in a much different situation than some of the others.

For one, it means he'll enter college having only played two years of high school. Secondly, most who "moved up" a year such as Alex Murphy, Andre Dawkins, Andre Drummond, Nerlens Noel, Selden and Vonleh have simply elected to enter college with their original graduating class instead of taking a prep school year.

In the case of Johnson -- who just turned 17 last month -- he'll truly be skipping a year of high school after putting himself in a position to do so academically.

Despite the fact that he'll enter college with only two years of high school experience, there will be no shortage of interest in Johnson. He's been the recipient of outstanding coaching at the high school level under Boyle and frankly, he's ready physically and from a skill standpoint.

Among those expected to be involved are Florida, Kansas, Georgia, Georgetown, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State and pretty much every major program looking for a big man.

Bottom line, the already strong class of 2013 continues to benefit from an influx of 2014 talent, while the class of 2014 continues to suffer at the top due to the migrations of Johnson, Wiggins, Vonleh and Selden to 2013.



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