Louisville, KY (WDRB) – Dakari Johnson has taken part in so many pre-draft workouts for teams, he's lost count.
“This is probably my 11th or 12th workout,” the former University of Kentucky forward told reporters following Tuesday's workout for the Toronto Raptors. Johnson said this one was a late addition to his schedule and would be the last one before Thursday's NBA draft.
“I love to compete. I initially didn't have this workout scheduled but they added it on for me, so I decided to just come and just compete because I love competing, “Johnson said.
Toronto has only one first round pick and no second round picks in the upcoming draft. Johnson is projected to go mid-to-late second round.
Johnson averaged more than six points and four rebounds during his sophomore season at Kentucky.
“(NBA teams) saw us throughout the season. Kentucky's just a great place and it really helped me playing against those guys each and every day, you know, making me get better,” he said.
Johnson says he's gotten some positive feedback from teams since the process began.
“A lot of teams are telling me that I can shoot it better than (they) expected. I'm just showing them that I'm a competitor.”