In April, Prep Rally reported on longtime St. Patrick (N.J.) High basketball coach Kevin Boyle's decision to leave his longtime perch at the program he built to national prominence for a similar spot at Montverde (Fla.) Academy. Now one of his most promising St. Patrick players will be joining him in Florida, but he'll have to sit out an entire season of basketball to do so.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Dakari Johnson, one of the most highly touted big man prospects in the Class of 2014, is leaving New Jersey to join up with Boyle at Montverde. To do so, Johnson will be forced to sit out the entire 2011-12 season in accordance with a Florida High School Athletic Association bylaw which is designed to keep players from following their former coaches to new jobs they may take.
Johnson's enrollment for the 2011-12 school year was confirmed to the Sentinel by Montverde Academy headmaster Kasey Kesselring, who also confirmed that the FHSAA rule which stipulates any player following his coach to a different school is ineligible for a full academic year would apply to Johnson at Montverde.
Evidently that FHSAA rule does not distinguish between coaches taking new jobs within the state of Florida and those who arrive from another state.