FORT MYERS, Fla.- Five-star big man Dakari Johnson had a big game and dropped some big recruiting news at the City of Palms Classic.
Dakari Johnson is high on Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse.
Against an extremely overwhelmed Bishop Verot team, Johnson put up 23 points on 11-of-11 shooting from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.
After the game, he also dropped some recruiting news. Johnson, who just reclassified up to the 2013 class from the 2014 class, is down to Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse.
When asked to comment on the three schools, Johnson began with Kentucky.
“Kentucky is a very good school," Johnson said. "I like John Calipari. Not just because of all the one and dones, but how he develops his players. If you go there, you really have to work hard.”
With Syracuse he mentioned his strong relationship with the coaches.
The reputation that Georgetown has developing its post players is the draw to the Hoyas.
Johnson, who is the No. 13-ranked prospect by 247Sports and has a No. 7 247Composite ranking, is in no hurry to make a decision and will visit all three schools in the spring.
Elite point guard Kasey Hill (Florida signee) played an efficient game for Montverde Academy as well, scoring 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and dished out four assists to zero turnovers.
Eric Mika was perfect from the field.
Class of 2014 five-star shooting guard D'Angelo Russell added 11 points for the winners.
More Dominant Inside Play
BYU recruit Eric Mika followed up Johnson's perfect field goal percentage with a perfect 8-of-8 from the field for his 22 points. Mika also grabbed six rebounds.
Few big men play with the passion and motor that the 6-10 center plays with. Currently ranked in the top 50 by 247Sports, Mika will move up in the rankings and perhaps garner a fifth star.
From the Outside
Mika had plenty of support from his fellow BYU recruits Nick Emery and T.J. Haws. Emery hit 5-of-11 three-pointers on his way to 19 points. He also had five rebounds and four assists. Always known as a long range marksman, Emery impressed with his passing ability.
Haws didn't shoot a high percentage but went for 13 points, three rebounds and four assists.
When Callaway High went through Malik Newman good things happened against Lone Peak High. The disciplined defense of Lone Peak was too much for Callaway's team offense, but Lone Peak had their hands full when it came to defending Newman, the No. 1-ranked prospect in 2015. Newman an both scorch it from deep and make plays off the dribble. For the game, Newman put up 17 points.
Best in Show
The electric athleticism of Jordan Bell (Oregon recruit) was on full display in the Long Beach Poly vs. Omaha Central matchup. Defending Louisville recruit Akoy Agau, Bell protected the rim to the tune of eight blocks. Although not an outside shooter, Bell also had a game high 17 points and a game high 14 rebounds.
His teammate and USC recruit Roschon Prince contributed 14 points and eight rebounds in Long Beach Poly's last second win.
Agau had a solid game of 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Memphis Southwind's combo of Jajuan Johnson (Marquette recruit) and Johnathan Williams III (Missouri recruit) played well in a lopsided win. Johnson scored 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three and grabbed eight rebounds. Williams III went for 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots.
Kansas recruit Brannen Greene and 2014 four-star Tadric Jackson played well in Tifton (Ga.) Tift County's nine point win over McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing. Greene, a five-star prospect, faced a junk defense through most of the game but still managed 26 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and behind the arc. Jackson was solid with 12 points and five rebounds.
After the game, Jackson named Alabama and Florida State as his leaders.
Coaches in the Crowd
Schools with assistant coaches in attendance were North Carolina State, Kansas, LSU, Missouri, TCU, USF, Georgia, Auburn, Georgetown and UCF.