Bishop Daniels

Rutgers junior guard may return to game action Sunday

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After starting the first five games of the season Rutgers junior guard Bishop Daniels suffered a sprained ankle in the first half of the team’s win over Vanderbilt on November 28 and he hasn’t played since. According to Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey the 6-foot-3 guard performed well in his first full practice since suffering the injury on Thursday, and the expectation is that Daniels will be able to play Sunday when the Scarlet Knights take on Manhattan.

Daniels is averaging 5.6 points in 20 minutes of action per game, and his return comes at a good time for a team that doesn’t have much perimeter depth. Yet even with that being the case, the fact that Daniels has missed so much time makes it tough for head coach Eddie Jordan to throw the junior into the “deep end” Sunday afternoon.

“Bishop’s missed so much time that it’s something we have to talk about as a coaching staff,” Jordan said. “Do we go back to him as a starter? After warm-ups, do we keep him warm and put him right in?”

Senior Myles Mack, who leads the team in scoring and assists, is averaging nearly 36 minutes per game and freshman Mike Williams has played more than 32 minutes per game in the five contests since Daniels’ ankle injury. And in the Scarlet Knights’ 60-54 win over New Hampshire on Tuesday, freshman walk-on Khalil Batie scored six points in seven minutes of action.

Daniels’ return gives Rutgers another scholarship guard to call upon, and given Manhattan’s use of pressure defense having another ball-handler is a positive for Jordan and his coaching staff.

Bishop Daniels to leave Miami, will not be with Hurricanes Friday vs. Charlotte

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The Miami Hurricanes will be without guard Bishop Daniels Friday against Charlotte after the school announced that the redshirt freshman would be leaving the team.

Daniels played in three games for Miami this season, but had been on a “leave of absence” to focus on academics since before the Hurricanes’ win over then-No. 13 Michigan State on Nov. 28. Prior to that, he had been averaging five points, one rebound, and one assist per game.

“He had a lot of work to do and you want your priorities to be academics and he needed a lot of time with papers and exams due in a short period of time,” said Miami coach Jim Larranaga on Daniels’ leave of absence.

Miami enters its match-up with undefeated Charlotte Friday night with an overall record of 5-1, including four straight victories. Guard Shane Larkin commented in the school’s short statement.

“I know he was going through a lot of things with school, family, basketball, a lot of things,” Larkin said. “He’s doing a lot better. We have a class together and we just took our exam and he seemed like he was back to his old ways — just being a joker saying jokes and clowning around.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_