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De’Andre Daniels Visiting USC, UCLA

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De’Andre Daniels will visit USC Saturday and UCLA Sunday, but beyond that his plans remain unclear, according to Derrick Taylor, his coach at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.

“I don’t know,” said Taylor, who was waiting to meet Friday with Daniels and his father. “I have to talk to his dad.”

Taylor said Daniels, who appears to be reclassifying to 2010 from 2011, will visit the California schools this weekend “because they’re both local.”

Taylor said Kentucky and Texas were also involved, but wasn’t sure who else the family was considering. Daniels recently decommitted from Texas.

The 6-foot-8, 180-pound Daniels is ranked the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2011 by Rivals, and Taylor compared him to a young Scottie Pippen.

“I think he has a chance be an impact player,” Taylor said. “He’s improving as fast as anybody I’ve ever seen. Year to year he’s making gigantic leaps. He still  has much more to go because  he has a thin, young body. He shoots it well. He’s very skilled. He can handle, he can pass it. He’s a big, big rebounder. He rebounds very well. He’s a shot-blocker because he’s so long.

“I call him a poor man’s Scottie Pippen-type. He’s long and rangy on the wing and he’ll defend it. He’s a willing defender.”

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  • Good stuff AZ.

    The BUZZ is turning into a LOUD BANG.

    This is the REAL STORY??

    Kentucky recruiting for 2010 underwent a DISASTER.
    This season was going to be horrible- NO NC.

    YES, with all the HYPE, Cali hit a BUST.

    Enes is not going to play.
    And Cali and Dirty Blue did the unthinkable.

    They talked and talked and talked to those around De Daniels.

    The PLAN from the get-go was to reclassify and visit the LA schools and finally end up at Kensucky.

    Was money at play….

    Lets say, Money Talks….

  • You are so jealous. Once again Big Blue Nation rises to the top!
    Cal gets it done! Just think if it was not for Cal we might have to settle for recruits that are playing at Arizona. Arizona fans should be happy that we have Cal…Without Cal we would end up getting their recruits-second tier 🙂

  • i doubt daniels takes those visits to the other schools. probably have it locked up by the end of the weekend if not sooner.

  • (Hey. Jessie. What are you doing, man? You can’t be broadcasting stuff like that. You just blurted out to the whole world that you know their dirty little secret. Once Calipari and the Big Blue Nation get wind of this – and you know BostonCat is going to spill his guts – you think they’re just gonna sit back and let you ruin their plans to purchase national championships? Are you outta your freakin’ mind? They’re gonna to find out who you are, man. They’re gonna find out who you are, and they’re gonna come after you. Don’t you know who you’re messin’ with? Calipari is 2nd generation Italian. Southern Italy. Valvano, Carlesimo, Carnesecca, Massimino, Colangelo, D’Antoni, Fratello, Izzo, Motta, Pitino, Auriemma: You think Italians just happen to make good basketball coaches? Open your eyes! The whole thing is “arranged.” How else can you explain Vitale? You can’t. And you know who Orlando Antigua is, don’t you? From the Bronx? Let’s just say you never wanna find yourself alone with that scary SOB. Jesus, man, THINK for a second. You’re in way over your head. So let me do you a favor. Let me give you a little advice. Lay low. No friends, no family, no familiar places. Keep off the grid for a while. That means no cell phones, no credit cards. I’ll have my guys talk to their guys, and maybe we can smooth over this little piece of … unpleasantness. Some day, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. Capisce?)

  • i doubt he has a cell phone or credit cards to begin with

  • Of course UK paid Daniels. Is it obvious. Cal knew 2 years ago that Dodson would not be playing this year, so he had asked Daniels to take night classes so that he can decommit from UT. Further more he planned it as such that Daniels would not be able to enrol in summer classes at UK so that he wouldn’t be available to travel to Canada for the preseason games. Obviously you don’t want your freshmen to be playing in preseason games, that will give them a head start and learn the offense which is bad for Cal (I’m not sure why it’s bad for Cal just yet). Plus by Daniels not playing in Canada it allowed the walk on Cal has on the roster (Jarod Polston) to get minutes in the preseason games. Getting minutes will pay off in 2014 March Madness for UK.

    It’s so blatantly obvious, I’m confused as to why no one else could figure this out?

  • well done BeckP

  • Jessie, you can only wish that your Arizona Wildcats had the same kind of 2010 recruiting “disaster” that UK had. Please continue your pointless banter–we love to see your jealousy shine through.

  • Woody, Woody…

    You must of not seen the games played recently.
    Or you JUST do not know basketball.

    TJ is hurt so, how series is it.
    Enes is not going back?
    Poole needs some CooleAid

    But, TO ALL those Kentucky FOLKS…Lets Daniels enjoy his visits.
    Those constant CALLs during the visit is NOT classy. Ooops…they do not know what that means.

    Will Daniels pull the TRIGGER early?

    Jabarii will…right U Dub.

  • AZ,

    The folks in the west are hearing that Kentucky is having problems.
    The short time frame is too much for Kentucky to handle.
    Plus,there will be unforeseen delays- blocks..u know.

    Rodney Terry has one last chance to flip it.
    And Portland is not too happy about this whole thing.

  • Funny. If KY has to pay good players to play for them, why do good players play for other schools?

    For their superior basketball program? Uh, but then ESPN dubbed UK the best basketball program ever, so that’s not it.

    Maybe it’s because the other schools have a more winning tradition? No, that’s not it. UK leads in all time wins.

    I know! Maybe it’s because they have better facilities? Wait, UK is considered the Taj Mahal of College Basketball Facilities so that can’t be it.

    I know! Maybe it’s because the other schools have better fan support? Oh, no. That can’t be it because UK is #1 in attendance every year.

    Got it! Other teams games are televised more! Oh, wait. Every UK game is televised and we just played in Canada and it was televised in 20 states. IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST!!!

    Now that I think about it. It makes more sense that other teams would have to pay players. Which would mean that fans of those teams would be outraged that their teams are paying good players and still can’t get it done so they come on these message boards and write anonymous and utterly stupid comments that expose their misery for their basketball program because it doesn’t quite measure up.

    I hope Deandre Daniels goes where is best for him. This story was about HIM, and not UK.

    By the way, UK is the biggest fishbowl in college sports and now we have a coach that is a walking fishbowl. If Cal didn’t wash his hands after he peed it would get on ESPN. (via Pat Forde hiding in a stall)

    You people coming on here and citing we pay players have to be the most immature, idiotic wishful thinkers I’ve ever seen.

    Laughable.

  • It has to be Calipari behind this. Just like he was the one who pulled Josh Selby and Tennessee apart so he could go to UK too. Oh wait, UK didn’t even recruit him that hard, and Selby was the one who kept UK on his list. And now he is at Kansas.

    Funny how the haters use whatever they want to create the truth. Worse than the Hollywood tabloids if you ask me.

  • re: basketBALLBLUEblood

    “ESPN dubbed UK the best basketball program ever” –> frame it on your wall, it really means something!

    Maybe it’s because the other schools have a more winning tradition? –> Yes, at least until it gets all the wins vacated. And don’t forget also about the cheating tradition too 🙂

    I know! Maybe it’s because they have better facilities? Wait, UK is considered the Taj Mahal of College Basketball Facilities –> do people play basketball in the Taj? I hope they have Air Con there.

    “Maybe it’s because the other schools have better fan support? Oh, no. That can’t be it because UK is #1 in attendance every year. –> Wait, you mean class attendance? Wow, can’t believe the players all went to class and still get sub-3.0 GPAs. Cal and his magic! okok, I was just joking. I believe you. There is nothing better to do in KY.

    Got it! Other teams games are televised more! Oh, wait. Every UK game is televised and we just played in Canada and it was televised in 20 states. IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST!!! –> and you watched it???? get a life.