Center Dakari Johnson returning to Kentucky for sophomore season

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Kentucky continues to get good fortune for the 2014-15 season.

Last week, Willie Cauley-Stein decided to return to Lexington. Then Marcus Lee did the same thing. Earlier on Wednesday, it was Alex Poythress who announced he was coming back for another season.

And now, freshman big man Dakari Johnson made the choice to play another year under coach John Calipari.

"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,” Johnson said in a statement. “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.”

Johnson, a 7-foot center, averaged 5.2 points and 3.9 rebounds this past season. He started 18 of the final 20 games of the season, showing flashes of his potential.

"I'm happy to have Dakari back with us for next season,” Calipari said. “Despite being the youngest player on the team this season, he continued to improve every day on the court and it showed. We look forward to seeing his improvement over the summer and throughout next year.”

Kentucky did lose Julius Randle to the NBA, but still awaits decisions from Andrew and Aaron Harrison.

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