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Monday / February 26.
  • DeAndre Daniels to UConn

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    The DeAndre Daniels saga is over.

    The 6-foot-8 wing ranked the No. 3 small forward in the Class of 2011 committed to UConn Tuesday, according to Andy Borman of IMG Academies. A UConn source confirmed the news.

    “Yep, UConn,” Borman said by phone. “He called Coach [Jim] Calhoun and told him it’s a yes to UConn. And then he called Rick Barnes, Bill Self, Billy Donovan and Coach K and let them know that he was going to UConn. He called Calhoun and committed and then he called every coach and thanked them for their interest.”

    Borman said Daniels would address the media Wednesday.

    Daniels had long been mulling Kansas and Texas, but UConn swooped in in recent weeks and nabbed Daniels, who figures to be an impact player right away for the defending national champs.

    “I think he’s going to be a good one,” Borman said. “He really likes Calhoun. I think he really likes the players that they have returning. I think he’s really got a shot to really step in and really help them take another run at this thing.”

    UConn has one scholarship to give and had taken a stab at Mitch McGary of Brewster Academy and Andre Drummond of St. Thomas More, both of whom are Class of 2012 but could have reclassified.

    “We’re operating right now on 10 scholarships,” Calhoun said recently in New York. “We can add one more and we plan to.”

    Now they have the best remaining player on the board joining a team that returns freshman point guard Shabazz Napier and frosh wings Jeremy Lamb and Roscoe Smith as well as sophomore big man Alex Oriakhi.

    The addition should immediately move the Huskies up in the preseason Big East and national rankings.

    And it probably helps make Calhoun’s decision about whether or not to return a little easier, too.

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    • How much did it cost UCONN?

    • haterrrrrrr……

    • who cares how much we paid him, we have him and you dont

    • Ok Jimmy time to get down to business

    • Now that the soap opera is over…Daniels can begin the second coming of Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson. A Big Flop. And rest assured, Calhoun will not make it thru mid-January and be in the shadows of St. Johns.

    • with the pump and run brothers out in lawerence and setting up up shop in tucson, self needs a new pipeline.

    • You KU fans are such whiny babies. I’m sure if he had committed to KU, this kid would be the next MJ. And Phog, I didnt realize that you had such insight into Cahoun’s inner circle… please, enlighten us further.

    • Wait, I thought this kid was a KU lock?

    • Did he really say that the Reigning Champions will be in the shadows of St. Johns? Putting laughter to the side, if Born Ready was a bust, what was Xavier Henry and Josh Selby? Take your time with that.

    • Hey, what can I say? Top 15 NBA picks…(crickets). Epic Fail, try again.

    • So because they were top 15 NBA picks, they weren’t busts? What a idiot. Brb, let me send out the memo telling Oden, Darko, Thabeet, and Kwame that they aren’t busts.

    • KANSAS > Arguing With Ignorance.


      Isn’t uconn on NCAA Punishment and Academiic Probation? All them Violations should have brought stiffer punishment, but Calhoun gets a slap on the wrist?

    • didn’t KU just get off probation for academic fraud? i mean really why are you talking?

    • Serious bostoncaNt? Is that the best you have? Wanna bet any cash our academic standing is by far better than yours? lol I thought so chump. Move along now….