Daniels Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

ASA (New York) JuCo guard Bishop Daniels verbally committed to Rutgers and will be eligible for the 2014-15 season under coach Eddie Jordan. A former shooting guard for the Miami Hurricanes, Daniels ranked as a three-star prospect out of Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.).

ASA (New York) guard Bishop Daniels is the first 2014 prospect to make his verbal commitment to Rutgers and coach Eddie Jordan. Daniels is a former Miami guard going into his final year at ASA and is the first member of the 2014 recruiting class.

"I just felt it was a good situation with the coaches," Daniels said. "The coaches brought me in as a son, not as a player. They brought me in as family. You don't find that at any other programs."

Daniels cited his relationship with Jordan and the rest of the coaching staff as a leading reason for his commitment. Jordan's experience as the head coach of the Washington Wizards and a Los Angeles Lakers assistant stood out.

"How many coaches have coached in the league, played in the league and know what it takes to be in the league right now?" Daniels said. "The basketball aspect, I'm going to play for somebody who can help me get better and develop my game."

Former coach Mike Rice recruited Daniels out of high school and Jordan showed interest in him as a transfer shortly after taking over the program.

"As soon as I got my release from Miami, Rutgers was in contact," he said. "Even when Mike Rice was there, they were recruiting me. … It's a great environment. Rutgers, that whole city is like a college town and everybody is supporting each other. I'm really comfortable with the whole situation."

Daniels checks in as a 6-foot-2 guard and will be eligible to play for Rutgers upon arrival to the Big Ten in 2014.

"I know quite a few players on the team just from being around basketball," Daniels said. "I'm coming in to play right away. … I came [to ASA] to play ball. My ultimate goal is to make it to the next level."

With Miami, Daniels played in just three games this season for the ACC champs before taking a leave of absence to focus on academics.

He averaged five points and 17 minutes per game for the Hurricanes, where he committed out of high school over DePaul, N.C. State and Purdue.

Starting his recruitment over, Daniels chose Rutgers over UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Charlotte, Hampton and others. His father, Pancho Daniels, is a Newark native.

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