The good news keeps rolling in for Kentucky fans. Earlier today Alex Poythress announced that he will return to Lexington next year. Now, center Dakari Johnson has announced that will do the same.
Dakari Johnson will return to #Kentucky, he announces in statement.
— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) April 23, 2014
Johnson, in a statement: “Big Blue Nation, I can’t thank you enough for your support, and I look forward to representing UK next year.”
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) April 23, 2014
While Kentucky will lose key players in Julius Randle and James Young, the returns of Johnson, Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Marcus Lee make Kentucky a scary-looking team in 2014-15, especially in the front-court. If they can bring back the Harrison twins as well, the ‘Cats may be the prohibitive favorites next season. Winning a championship is one of the main goals that Johnson cites in his statement, which is available in full at Kentucky Sports Radio:
After looking at the information provided to me by Coach Cal and the NBA committee, my family and I made the decision for me to return to UK for my sophomore year. Returning to school allows me to build on my leadership skills, improve my individual basketball strength and conditioning skills, and have another opportunity to accomplish one of my individual goals: winning an NCAA national championship in college.
Look out, SEC.