UConn junior forward DeAndre Daniels entering NBA Draft
Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels is entering the NBA Draft, sources 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.
Here are teams in the midst of big turnarounds who could be big threats in the Big Dance
Our advanced computer model simulated Monday's Minnesota-Wisconsin game 10,000 times
The latest coaches poll has Michigan State at the top followed by Virginia and Villanova
Zack Cimini nailed 67 percent of his college basketball picks and released a play for Okla...
Zack Cimini is on a 34-24 run and just released a pick for Monday's Maryland-Northwestern...
Last week's top 10 went a combined 10-9 which scrambled up the new AP Top 25