DeAndre Daniels

DeAndre Daniels

UConn junior forward DeAndre Daniels to enter NBA Draft

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UConn’s chances of repeating as national champions next season hinged, in part, on the decisions of guard Ryan Boatright and forward DeAndre Daniels. With both considering entering the 2014 NBA Draft, head coach Kevin Ollie would have more holes to fill with Shabazz Napier, Niels Giffey and Lasan Kromah out of eligibility if those two juniors were to leave.

And Friday afternoon it was learned that there will be one more hole to fill.

As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports that Daniels, whose improved play during the NCAA tournament made him a more enticing prospect to NBA scouts, has decided to forego his final season of eligibility and enter his name into the 2014 NBA Draft pool.

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Daniels averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a junior, and in the NCAA tournament he found the level of consistency that wasn’t always there during the regular season. Daniels reached double figures in five of UConn’s six NCAA tournament wins, including a 27-point, ten-rebound performance in their Sweet 16 win over Iowa State.

Draft Express projects Daniels, who was one of the best high school players in his class back in 2011, to be a late-first round selection.

POSTERIZED: DeAndre Daniels puts one down on Kentucky (VIDEO)

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DeAndre Daniels put down a ferocious dunk the other night and he’s at it again in the opening minutes against Kentucky on Monday night.

The junior forward has had a very good tournament run so far for UConn entering Monday’s championship game against the Wildcats.

(H/T @gifdsports)

POSTERIZED: UConn’s DeAndre Daniels throws down on Florida defense (VIDEO)

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One of the key components of Florida’s vaunted defense, is the Gators ability to communicate and rotate. Not the case on this play. DeAndre Daniels found a cutting lane following an entry pass and rose up for a thunderous dunk to extend the UConn lead.

Daniels, who has been up-and-down in his time in Storrs, has shined this tournament, continuing that play on Saturday night at the Final Four.