Devon Daniels enrolled at Utah last fall with a reputation for being a two-way player projected to contribute early. He managed to work his way into the rotation, playing 27 minutes per game while averaging 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. He also tallied 78 assists while making 26 starts for the Utes.
Even more impressive was his efficiency. Daniels shot a blistering 57% from the field and 40% from three-point range while knocking down 72% of his free throws.
"I played to my strengths and played to the team's scheme," said Daniels. "I think it showed in the numbers... how well I played. Overall, the season was good. I learned a lot from the coaches and my teammates. I think I experienced a lot playing in the Pac-12... that helped. Overall, it was a productive season."
At 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, Daniels has oustanding size and athleticism for the shooting guard position. How would he describe his game?
"I can get to the basket and finish with floaters and at the rim," he said. "I'm also good on defense, and I think I do a good job of helping my teammates play better.
Despite the playing time and being a consistent starter, Daniels wanted a fresh start, which led to his decision to transfer.
"Really I talked with my coaches after the season and that's what I felt would be best for me," he stated. "I thought about it and felt it was time to transfer.
"My main focus right now is picking a new school. This will be a really big year for me. I'll be sitting out but I can work on my game. I'm really trying to improve my jumpshot... get shots up and work on scoring moves. Those are probably the main areas."
Daniels added that he's hearing from several schools, but NC State will receive the first official visit. He is scheduled to visit the Wolfpack on Monday, and the first visit will be to Raleigh because of the Pack's persistence.
"Coach Keatts and coach Siddle, we've been talking for a while," said Daniels. "They've been talking about getting me on campus and because of how we've been talking, I have no problems going there first. I'm excited about it. I know it's a good school with good history, and NC State is in the ACC.
"Also, coach Keatts has a great reputation, and I like what we've been talking about. They've talked about the offense and how I would be able to come off ball screens and make plays... get up and down the floor. I think it fits my game."
Daniels will sit out next season and have three years of eligibility remaining. He didn't name any other schools, but he added there are a couple he plans to visit after his NC State trip.
After I take this North Carolina State visit, I have a couple of more visits," he said. "Right now I'm thinking I'll take those visits, but we'll see what happens with this visit first.
"The main thing I'm looking for is how I bond with the coaches. How is our relationship? I'm really trying to see how they view me and where I can play."
Daniels originally committed to Utah in October of 2015, and he was rated a four-star recruit and the No. 16 shooting guard in the country by Scout.com.
"He's a tough, physical and athletic guard prospect," Scout Director of Recruiting Evan Daniels stated. "He excels in transition and finds a way to get to the rim and score."
"Devon is a big of a do-it-all type wing," added Scout Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow. "He is a good athlete who can make plays off the bounce and is a capable shooter. No one skill stands out at an elite level but he does several things well and potential as a defender."