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Dakari Johnson to OKC Thunder in 2015 NBA Draft

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Dakari Johnson showed flashes of being a dominant center. Hopefully, his potential will be realized in the NBA.

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Kentucky Wildcats center Dakari Johnson is now an NBA player.

Johnson was taken by the OKC Thunder with the No. 48 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. He became the sixth Wildcat to hear his named called in this year's draft. There, he'll join fellow UK alum Enes Kanter.

During his college career, Johnson appeared in 78 career games and started 18 contests over two seasons. The 7-foot center averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in his career, logging career bests in points per game, rebounds per game, free-throw percentage, blocks, steals and assists during his sophomore campaign.

In UK's Final Four game vs. Wisconsin in 2014, Johnson poured in 10 points and hauled in seven rebounds, including five offensive boards. Against Louisville in the Sweet 16 in 2014, Johnson played in a career-high 31 minutes and posted a career-high 15 points while filling in for the injured Willie Cauley-Stein.

Congratulations to Dakari on becoming a professional basketball player, as well as getting to play with arguabnly the best player in the world in Kevin Durant.