Daniels to get Early College Start

Often, it's difficult for high school players to make the adjustment to life on a college campus. There's the new school, college classes and competition against other players who have spent more time in a college weights program.

But a Class of 2011 recruit will make that transition a little easier after enrolling during the spring. Evan Daniels, Scout.com's lead basketball recruiting analyst, reported earlier this week that DeAndre Daniels, a talented four-star wing originally from the Lone Star State, will enroll at the school of his choice this break and take part in the spring semester.

Daniels will not, however, suit up for a college team this season.

Still, that time should be well-spent, and would be a boon to any of his top three choices which are, according to AAU coach Dino Trigonis, Texas, Kansas and Kentucky. Daniels has officially visited Kansas and Kentucky and plans to visit Texas in the next week or so. The Longhorns do have a scholarship available for Daniels to report early.

Daniels enrolling early would be a boon to his chances of making an immediate impact. Scout.com's No. 35 prospect has already added weight and strength to his slender frame after transferring to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. With Texas small forward Jordan Hamilton potentially entering the NBA Draft following the season, there should be plenty of wing minutes to spread between Daniels and Longhorn signees Sheldon McClellan and Julien Lewis.

Daniels is a different type of player than the other two, boasting outstanding height at 6-foot-7 and a fluid inside-out game. The fact that he would have a semester to get used to the college game, then a full offseason in a college weights program wouldn't hurt either.


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