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DeAndre Daniels ends process, picks Connecticut

Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:36 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

For the latter stages of DeAndre Daniels’ recruitment, most of the discussions revolved around two schools: Kansas and Texas.  

Would Daniels go back to the school where he gave his original commitment (Texas) or would he head to the Longhorns’ conference rival?

On Tuesday evening, Daniels finally made his decision. The 6-foot-7 California native chose . . . Connecticut?

“With the style of play and with what [Jeremy Lamb] did last year, we think that he’ll be able to be successful,” IMG Academy coach Vince Walden told’s Evan Daniels, who broke the story. “With his ability to put the ball on the floor he could be a nightmare matchup. He’s a winner. We truly believe that.”

Based on Daniels’ entire recruitment, it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that his commitment ended up being a curveball. He originally committed to Texas, but opened up his recruitment and has since had multiple supposed “favorites.” At one time, it was Kentucky; another time, Duke. Daniels was also going to leave IMG Academy (Fla.) at the semester break and head to college this past January.

In the last few weeks, schools like San Diego State and Oregon joined the seemingly random fray of options.

But, it seems to be over now. Sources told that Daniels will sign a financial aid agreement, as the date to sign a letter-of-intent has passed.

Daniels joins Ryan Boatright in Connecticut’s recruiting class for the fall.

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Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:53 am

DeAndre Daniels ends process, picks Connecticut

Great decision for Daniels. Can we get a replay of this 2011 season?

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:47 am

DeAndre Daniels ends process, picks Connecticut

Well that sucks.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:49 am

DeAndre Daniels ends process, picks Connecticut

Long awaited and often delayed the recruiting saga of DeAndre Daniels has been interesting. According to some stories Daniels' dad wanted him to choose Kansas. DeAndre wanted Texas. UConn might be a compromise. But here is my question: in choosing UConn did DeAndre actually delay again for when coach Calhoun chooses to retire? Only this coach has been more mysterious than Daniels this Spring. They do seem like birds of a feather.

Daniels is a one and done player in his own mind. Whether that works out remains to be seen. The trail blazed by Josh Selby this year has opened up the possibility of playing poorly in your one year and still being drafted in the NBA in the first round. That seems to be working for Josh but is he ready for the Association? Perhaps as a late 1st round selection he will play more minutes in the D-League next year than the NBA. Daniels, having viewed this factor, may be simply looking for maximum exposure.

In any case I wish Daniels success. He seems a quiet and steady sort of guy whose decisions on the court come easier than those off the court.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:36 pm


did deandre announce his decision at a formal presser?  If so, can I watch the replay??

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:15 pm

DeAndre Daniels ends process, picks Connecticut

How is anyone going to shoot over Daniels, Lamb and Roscoe Smith around the perimeter? Napier is a defensive specialist.

Good luck getting your shot off with 3 athletic long wings coming at you.

You better have burly big men to beat UConn next year (Pitt, UNC, a few others) because it'll be tough trying to beat them with finesse.

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