St. Pat’s Frosh Dakari Johnson Has ‘Enormous’ Potential
RAHWAY, N.J. — Midway through the fourth quarter of St. Patrick’s North Non-Public B semifinal win over Gill St. Bernard’s on Sunday, 6-foot-10, 240-pound Dakari Johnson made a steal at midcourt, gathered himself and took several long strides toward the basket for a layup.
The play symbolized all that is unique about Johnson. Just a freshman, he possesses great basketball instincts along with quick hands, nimble feet and an agility that belies his behemoth size.
“That felt good,” Johnson said afterward with a smile. “I mean, at least I had the footwork to do that, so that felt good.”
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