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Dakari Johnson Set To Announce Tonight

Per Adam Zagoria, top remaining Class of 2013 center Dakari Johnson is set to announce his college destination tonight at halftime of his game being broadcast on ESPNU. Johnson, a 6'10" center out of Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick High, reclassified from the Class of 2014 and is the best big man remaining on the board in the 2013 class. Though Kentucky is seen as the favorite to land Johnson, Georgetown has made a strong final push in recent days, sending three coaches to watch Dakari just this week. In addition, Johnson played alongside Georgetown's Stephen Domingo on the 2012 USA U17 World Championship team and it was reported that Domingo had been trying to recruit some of his teammates to come with him to the Hilltop.

Though Georgetown is one over the number of available scholarships in the Class of 2013 after UCLA transfer Josh Smith committed this week, it is expected that one or more may become available due to the health concerns of Tyler Adams, the likely departure of Otto Porter to the NBA after this season, and perhaps a transfer. Class of 2013 forward Reggie Cameron will occupy one of those scholarships next season as he has already committed to the Hoyas.

Kentucky will likely have room for a big man in its 2013 recruiting class, as prized freshman Nerlens Noel is expected to make the leap to the NBA after his freshman campaign. As I am sure you recall, Noel famously chose Kentucky over Georgetown in a nationally televised announcement shitshow when he had the Kentucky logo shaved into the back of his head.


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If you want a prediction, I'd be shocked if Johnson doesn't choose Kentucky, and that his announcement is being covered by ESPNU is all I needed to hear. If you have other Saturday night plans, I suggest not canceling them in order to stay home and watch the announcement.

Then again, he might actually choose Georgetown...