Apr 4, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats center Dakari Johnson (44) shoots during practice before the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft rumors: Dakari Johnson returning to Kentucky

With so much speculation surrounding the Kentucky Wildcats incredible freshman class, people are wondering who will and will not be back at the school next season. While many of the players have declared their intentions to return, including Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee, another player will be joining the bunch.

The latest player to announce their intentions of returning is seven-footer Dakari Johnson.

“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 school-issued 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.

“In addition, it will give me the opportunity to continue my studies because the ball will stop bouncing one day.”

Johnson averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds and began to come on strong during the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

With the center returning, Kentucky is once again set to be one of the impressive teams on the court next season.

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