UConn junior forward DeAndre Daniels entering NBA Draft

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels is entering the NBA Draft, he told CBSSports.com.

Daniels, a 6-foot-8 junior from California, averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds this past season, helping lead UConn to a national championship.

"It was a tough decision to make," Daniels told CBSSports.com on Friday afternoon. "I sat down with my family and talked it over. It was the right time to move on. Since I was a kid I wantd to play in the NBA. I wanted to follow my dream."

His stock rose considerably during the NCAA Tournament, after proving to be a matchup problem for most opponents. He had 27 points and 10 rebounds against Iowa State, and then 20 points and 10 boards against Florida in the Final Four.

"I wouldn't want to go out any other way," Daniels said of finishing his career with a title. "I think about it everyday, but it still hasn't really hit me yet."

Daniels' ability to make shots from the perimeter, put the ball on the floor, and finish at the rim will help sell him to NBA types. Heading into the NCAA Tournament, his stock wasn't very high -- but he showed his potential in the dance.

"I'm not paying attention to that," Daniels said. "I'm just going to go in and work hard. My game is versatile. I'm just going to show them the things I can do."

Later on Friday, teammate Ryan Boatright announced he was returning to school.

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