#2 DeAndre Daniels | F

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Height: 6'9"

Weight: 195

Position: Small Forward

Team: Connecticut

Class: Junior

Right-handed… Daniels is a smooth, skilled small forward with good size and above-average length for a wing and is one of the most deadly scorers given the minutes. He can put up points in a hurry in a number of ways, with a quick, long first step to beat his defender off the dribble or he can spot-up and knock down jump shots with range. He has solid mechanics and a smooth release on his jumper. Daniels has the size to shoot right over smaller defenders or even take them into the post where Daniels opts for a fade-away or step-back jumper or a drop step and baby hook shot in the middle of the paint. Given his size advantage, he has the ability to set screens on his ball-handlers' man and pop or fade for a jumper… Daniels is a strong rebounder at both ends of the floor…

The most noticeable weakness is his slender frame. He will struggle to add muscle to his body to play physical on both offense and defense. Daniels will struggle to finish with contact in the paint and will not be able to rebound at the same high rate that he was in high school or post-grad school… One of Daniels' biggest strengths is also one of his biggest weaknesses- his aggressiveness scoring the basketball. Far too often, he takes poor shots, fading away, off balance or contested jumpers. If he passed some of these shots up, there is no doubt he would not only become a more efficient player, but also get his teammates some better looks… Daniels reclassified to the class of 2011 after originally committing to Texas…
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