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Wait, what? DeAndre Daniels picks UConn

Huskies make late push for prize recruit, who spurns KU

DeAndre Daniels, the No. 10-ranked player according to Rivals.com in the class of 2011.

DeAndre Daniels, the No. 10-ranked player according to Rivals.com in the class of 2011.

June 7, 2011, 4:33 p.m. Updated June 8, 2011, 12:00 a.m.

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Prize college basketball recruiting prospect DeAndre Daniels, who for the longest time had listed Kansas University, Texas and Oregon as his three finalists, has decided to play college basketball at ... Connecticut.

Daniels, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to the defending national champion Huskies late Tuesday afternoon.

The commitment of Rivals.com’s No. 10-rated player in the Class of 2011 was reported on the IMG Academy Website.

“DeAndre has taken full advantage of everything that IMG has to offer and has continued to develop on the court, in the classroom and in the weight room,” IMG director of basketball Andy Borman said in a release. “He is an extremely talented young man, but what sets him apart from other talented kids his age is the fact that he is extremely driven and focused on becoming the best player possible. He is an immediate impact player at the next level.”

Daniels, who did not make a recruiting visit to UConn, told ESPN: “Until now it’s been all speculation. It’s over and I’m going to UConn.”

Daniels is expected to be a one-and-done college player. His initial interest in UConn was reported by Zagsblog.com just five days ago.

KU, which still has three scholarships to give in recruiting, has an incoming class of guards Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe, and forwards Jamari Traylor and Braeden Anderson.

Comments

cchamber 4 years ago

This boy has no class and his Dad knows it !!!! He took lessons from King Lebron. I dont mind him selecting another school, It just bothers me on how he conducted himself. I think his Dad tried to give good sound advice but the boy is on his own mission!!! I hope he ends up on the bench in Toronto.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

It's a big money game that chews kids up and spits them out. He couldn't be where he is if he hadn't worked his ass off to get there. I wish him luck at Connecticut, which has been one of the five best programs over the last several years, and they've demonstrated that he won't be bogged down by distractions such as academics.

jayhawk_93 4 years ago

So, you'd rather have prima donnas on the team that have no intention of earning their playing time, playing defense or otherwise playing team ball? I for one commend Self for sticking to his guns and being honest with these kids. Not saying you shouldn't root for KU because you're obviously a fan, but it sounds like you might be better off rooting for someone like Calipari.

Robert Rauktis 4 years ago

So an eighteen year old can extort a championship coach by randomly choosing a school? Unfortunately, the game is long enough and requires four teammates so that individual bad judgment ensures failure, if you want the team to win.

"Stupid is forever." -Ron White

Most, if not all of the NCAA Final Four teams don't have these Rival's anointed "winners".

saanak83 4 years ago

No lost for KU Basketball. We don't need another head case. Kansas Basketball is very special, and it is a honor to be a part of it.

beatlayer 4 years ago

Do you write for a KU site or not?

It's the UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS. NOT Kansas University!

Thanks!

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