Daniels praised for improved all around play
2002 First Team JUCO All America and University of Louisville signee Nate Daniels is an improved player this season, according to Broward Comunity College Head Coach Bob Starkman.
While Daniels scoring numbers are slightly down from the 30.1 ppg he posted last season, Daniels is still pouring in 24 points per game for the Seahawks this year. And according to Starkman, Daniels has improved in every facet of the game.
"His rebounding, defense, ball handling, and passing have all improved," Starkman said of Daniels game. "Overall he's a better a player."
Starkman's Seahawks are a much improved team this season too. Standing 17-4 overall and 6-1 in conference play, Broward is making life tough on its south Florida competition and Daniels improved all around play is the biggest reason why.
According to Starkman, Daniels, "creates mismatch problems," for most opponents because he often takes smaller defenders inside for easy baskets and offensive rebounds.
What area has Daniels improved the most since last season?
"Defense," Starkman said without hesitation.
According to Starkman, Daniels is averaging 3 steals per game this season and his ball denial and rebounding are excellent.
In a conference game last week against Palm Beach CC, Daniels pulled down 20 rebounds.
"Nate needs to improve his lateral quickness on defense," Starkman responded when asked if Daniels could defend smaller opponents out on the perimeter.
Starkman noted that Daniels shut down talented 6'3 shooting guard Martin Usmani, a former top 100 high school player who played one season for Rick Majerus at Utah, holding him to 8 points during a recent game.
Starkman said that Daniels watched the UofL - Tennessee game and came away, "impressed."
"Nate is focused on becoming the best player he can be and he's a good kid...He knows he'll have to work hard at UofL and he'll do what it takes to make it," Starkman said of Daniels character.
Starkman also noted the play of 6'6 freshman Adrian Uter from Queens, NY. Uter is averaging a double-double this season and according to Starkman, University of Louisville Assistant Coach Vince Taylor will make his way to south Florida at some point in the future to watch Uter play.
Uter had 14 points and 16 rebounds against Brevard CC recently and was named state Player of the Week in Florida two weeks ago.