ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 07: DeAndre Daniels #2 of the Connecticut Huskies cuts the net after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Daniel Hamilton has every intention of signing his letter of intent and joining the Huskies' 2014 incoming freshman class. He'd also love if his friend from California, DeAndre Daniels, returned to Storrs for his senior season.
“We’ll be able to have another chance at a run if he comes back,” said Friday, according to ZagsBlog.com. “We’ll be that much better, because he’s a force. A lot of power forwards can’t guard him at that position, because he can put it on the floor and he can shoot, so it’s hard to guard him.”
With UConn losing Shabazz Napier to graduation, having Ryan Boatright and Daniels return would be huge for the Huskies. The team welcomes Hamilton, transfer Rodney Purvis and other incoming freshmen Sam Cassell Jr. and Rakim Lubin, but you can never have too much veteran leadership.
As for Daniels' NBA prospects this season, the New Haven Register's David Borges spoke with several veteran scouts in March who had this to say about the 6-10 wingman.
“I think he has a great upside," the scout said. "He’s on our future list. He’s got to get stronger, tougher and more consistent. He has a ton of talent. I’ve seen him play very well at times, and I’ve seen him disappear for long periods of times, which I know people around UConn talk about."
This isn't much different than what fans say about Daniels, who had a big game against Iowa St. in the NCAA Tournament, showcasing just how good he can be. But even if Daniels leaves this summer, the scout mentioned a name that was all but forgotten last season.
“And the other kid (Omar Calhoun) is gonna be good. I think he’ll take a big step over the summer.
If Boatright and Daniels leave, Calhoun could be the x-factor in 2014-15. He had a strong freshman season, but battled injuries as a sophomore.