Kentucky center Dakari Johnson has announced that he will forego entering the NBA Draft and stay another year at Kentucky.
From UK Athletics:
“This year has been for me a year of transition, growth and so much fun! I’ve learned a lot about myself personally through adversity and triumph which I know made me a stronger individual. I would like to thank my brothers (teammates) for pulling together and stepping up and taking the road that many don’t travel. What memories! I would like to thank Coach Cal and the staff for trusting and providing me the opportunity to grow and build on my skills. I’d like to wish Julius Randle and James Young all the best and personally let them know that they have a group of brothers who will always support them. With that being said, I’m excited about having the option to either enter the 2014 NBA Draft or return to the University of Kentucky. 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. In addition, it will give me the opportunity to continue my studies because the ball will stop bouncing one day (shout out to Mike Stone). Big Blue Nation, I can’t thank you enough for your support, and I look forward to representing UK next year.” #StriveforNine
Glad to come back for another year. Have this empty feeling in my stomach time to get to work this summer with my brothers all business #BBN
— Dakari Johnson (@dslowmotion22) April 23, 2014
Dakari Johnson will return for his sophomore season at Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/QMjr4wCu3v
— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) April 23, 2014
Kentucky fans now await the Harrison twins decision on whether they will enter the draft or stay in a Wildcat jersey. The NBA Draft deadline is April 27th.