In the past couple of weeks, DeAndre Daniels is either cashing in on some hard-earned frequent flyer miles – or he's racking them up by the hundreds.
Recently ranked the No. 35 prospect in the Class of 2011 by Scout.com, Daniels – who for the past 3.5 months has attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. – is arguably the top uncommitted talent left on the board in the senior class.
As one might imagine his list of suitors is impressive, and in the interest of once again getting the ball rolling on his recruitment, the one time Texas commit has taken a proactive approach to official visits recently.
On Thursday, Dec. 2, Daniels was in Lawrence, Kan. for his official visit to the University of Kansas, during which he sat courtside for the Jayhawks' victory over UCLA – another program in the running for his services.
Immediately thereafter he headed to Eugene, Ore. to scope out the University of Oregon, and this weekend the 6-foot-8 wing is once again back on the road, this time for an official visit to the University of Kentucky.
The flurry of visits are being made with a purpose, said IMG Academy basketball director Andy Borman. A full academic qualifier, Daniels is now looking in to the possibility of selecting a school and enrolling in college for the spring semester.
That wasn't the plan when he enrolled at IMG, but faster-than-anticipated progress has given the family new options to consider.
"The kid has been living in the gym and in the weight room," Borman explained. "When he came to us, he was an elite player, and I think he's shown that dedication that he's even gone a notch above that. I think that's why there's the is that opportunity for him to go at semester."
Nothing is written in stone, of course, and the IMG hoops head said Daniels will only make the jump if he decides he has found the right fit.
"His dad has kind of made the commitment that if they need to take more than five visits, they'll take six, seven and eight as unofficials," Borman said. "So he can make the most informed decision possible."
Kansas trip a hit: Jayhawks fans can rest assured that their program made quite an impression on the four-star prospect during his time in Lawrence.
Borman spoke with Daniels and his father about the trip recently, and had this to say:
"Obviously Kansas is in the elite of the elite in college basketball, and he really enjoyed his visit. He felt like the atmosphere was amazing. I think he really enjoyed getting to know the guys on his team, and he said it's a system that he could definitely see himself being a part of in the future.
So I think it was a very positive visit and I think he got everything out of it when it comes to getting to know the players, getting to know the coach. I think Kansas put it's best foot forward."