There has been plenty of smoke that Kentucky sophomore big man Dakari Johnson would be heading to the NBA Draft, and with that smoke there is fire. Johnson is indeed turning pro, according to SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria.
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With Johnson gone, that shifts the attention to freshman guard Devin Booker, and forward Alex Poythress, who missed last season with an ACL injury. If both of those players declare, Kentucky will lose eight guys off its 2014-15 roster. If Poythress and Booker stay, they'll join point guard Tyler Ulis and big man Marcus Lee as the nucleus of next year's team.
The Wildcats already have three big-time recruits in the fold, including guard Isaiah Briscoe and 6-foot-11 center Skai Labissiere. John Calipari could fill the remaining holes with 5-star uncommitted prospects (Jaylen Brown or Malik Newman, anyone?) or graduate transfers.