Two Rounds Not Enough For Daniels

Former Auburn star Marquis Daniels wasn't selected in Thursday's NBA Draft, but that doesn't mean he won't get his chance to play in the league.

Despite numbers that would make most of the draft recipients jealous, former Tiger star Marquis Daniels failed to hear his name called Thursday night in the annual NBA Draft held in New York City.

Marquis Daniels takes the ball to the basket against St. Joseph's in the NCAA Tournament.

It will be no surprise to see Daniels get a shot to make an NBA team though as several teams were impressed with private workouts by him. Auburn's MVP for the third straight year, the 6-6 swingman led the Tigers by averaging 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Those numbers were good enough to earn at least one SEC Player of the Year honor from The Birmingham News. He finished first in the SEC in steals, second in points, fifth in field goal percentage (51.3 percent), 10th in assists and 12th in rebounding.

For his career Daniels averaged 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.29 assist per game. He leaves the Plains as Auburn's all-time steals leader with 208 in his career, all but five coming his final three seasons. As a junior he led Auburn in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, becoming the first player since assist records were kept to accomplish that feat in an Auburn uniform.

Among the teams Daniels is expected to be courting for a possible free agent deal are Boston, Portland, Phoenix, Orlando, Atlanta, New York, Washington and Memphis. He was on the phone talking to NBA teams after the second and final round of the draft wrapped up and said he was encouraged by what he was hearing. If his collegiate career is any indication, Daniels will land on his feet just fine.


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