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UConn Involved with Daniels, Momo Plans Visits (UPDATED)

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As far as recruitments go, those of DeAndre Daniels and Lamont “Momo” Jones are beginning to look Lance Stephensonesque.

They are mysteries shrouded in enigmas.

As far as the 6-foot-8 Daniels goes, a source inside his recruitment said he had no knowledge of any impending announcement this weekend.

“He could announce tomorrow and I wouldn’t be surprised, or he could announce the day before school starts,” the source said.

UConn, which has a scholarship to give, has reached out to the multi-talented wing.

“UConn has placed a couple phonecalls,” the source said.

The Huskies would make perfect sense for Daniels. They bring back talented young guards and wings in Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier and Roscoe Smith as well as forward Alex Oriakhi, but could certainly use an agile 6-8 scoring wing to help compensate for the loss of Kemba Walker.

Head coach Jim Calhoun recently said in New York that the defending champs had nine scholarship players and planned to add a 10th for the 2011-12 season.

The Huskies offered Brewster forward Mitch McGary the option of enrolling in 2011 instead of 2012, but that’s not happening, according to Brewster coach Jason Smith.

“There has never been any doubt,” he said by text.

Oklahoma State has also recently reached out to Daniels, the source said, and Texas is “still in the mix.”

Kansas is on the “backburner” because the program is not known for featuring its wings, the source added.

Through it all, Daniels remains at IMG and is not speaking to the media.

“He’s here,” IMG coach Andy Borman told SNY.tv Thursday. “We love him. We have no comment on DeAndre’s recruitment and there is no timetable.”

As for Jones, he was seen Wednesday on the Seton Hall campus with head coach Kevin Willard by John Lopiano, the assistant sports editor of The Setonian.

“Just saw Momo Jones and Kevin Willard talking outside the side door of the rec center about ten feet from me,” Lopiano tweeted.

Jones will take officials to Marquette, South Florida and Pittsburgh and unofficials to Seton Hall (Wednesday), Iona (Friday), Hosftra (Monday) and UMass (Tuesday), per Dermon Player, the former Seton Hall assistant now advising Jones on his recruitment.

The Arizona transfer has said he would like to land closer to his New York City home, but is apparently considering other Big East schools as well.

“As soon as Momo feels comfortable with who he feels in his heart is where he wants to go, he will pick a school,” Player told SNY.tv by text.

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  • Oh, your brilliant source says Kansas doesn’t “feature it’s wings”? That is such complete BS. Wing Brandon Rush led the team in minutes played his freshman and sophomore years. In his junior year he again led the team in scoring and was second only to Mario Chalmers in minutes. Then he was the 13th overall draft pick. Wing Xavier Henry as a freshman was 2nd only to Sherron Collins in both points and minutes. And then he was the 12th overall draft pick.

  • I meant to say that Rush led the Kansas team in BOTH minutes and scoring in BOTH his freshman and sophomore years.

  • Lollll, ya KU doesn’t develop wings? I’d define whoever said that one word: fuhgayzee. Feeding (Texas sized pantloads, or calhouns depenz size) of bs on a shovel to Daniels’, that’s just pure trash and a hater sista b **** move. B Rush, and X are examples 1 and 1a. Whatever top recruit KU has gotten thats legitimately a stud goes pro, whatever their position pg, wing, big men is in the most sound program in the country at KU. Texas on the otherhand doesn’t develop like Kansas does, Kansas wins and makes team playrs that still get drafted lottery status, particularly w a #10 recruiting rank, as Drose, as would lebron woulda been fine no matter what.

    Case in point THE LAST TOP RECRUITED WING KU HAD, VS THE LAST WING TEXAS( your sources shd check themselves deandre) :TEXAS’ W THEIR #2 RATED RECRUIT (ON ESPN SOME BOARDS 4), Avery Bradley was #2 overall at Texas, drafted AS A WING, ENDED UP PICK #19, AND D-LEAGUED… THAT’S THE PLACE TO DEVELOPE! YA, X HENRY for KU RATED 6 ON SCOUT WAS DRAFTED AND PAID LOTTERY MONEY.

    1.LOTTERY, 2. DLEAGUE, DEANDRE? PLAY FOR 1.KU, 2.TEXAS, OR AN EVEN WORSE… 3. DEPENZ? Uconn (calhoun SOUNDS LIKE A CHILD, AND WEARS DIAPERS LIKE ONE TOO?) THE DUDE CAN’T EVEN PRONOUNCE HIS R’S, PWOE-NOUNCE HIS OWWS… HE’S GONNA CALL YOU DEONDWAY!

    DEONDWAY, DLEAGUE, OR KU?