Utah landed one of its top targets in the Class of 2016 Wednesday night, as Prolific Prep (Napa, California) shooting guard Devon Daniels announced his decision via Twitter. Daniels, who’s from Kalamazoo, Michigan, transferred to Prolific Prep ahead of his senior season, and among his teammates are five-star guard Josh Jackson and recent UConn commit Vance Jackson.
The 6-foot-5 Daniels is essentially Utah’s third commitment in the Class of 2016. While recent commit Jayce Johnson will join the program as a walk-on in December, he’ll be redshirting with the 2016-17 campaign serving as his debut season. Junior college guard Jojo Zamora has also verbally committed to Utah.
Daniels’ recruiting profile rose in the month of July, which he capped with a championship at the Las Vegas Fab 48 playing alongside Jackson for the 1Nation grassroots program. Daniels took his official visit to Utah in early September, and DePaul was also in the running for his verbal commitment. Daniels’ versatility on offense and solid defense were on display then, and those are attributes that Utah can reap the benefits of when he arrives on campus.
Utah has three seniors in its perimeter rotation in Brandon Taylor, Dakarai Tucker and Jordan Loveridge. Among the current perimeter players who will have eligibility remaining when Daniels and Zamora arrive on campus are juniors Kenneth Ogbe and Lorenzo Bonam, and sophomores Isaiah Wright and Brandon Miller.
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