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Draft Prospect Profile: DeAndre Daniels
Editor's Note: The Knicks acquired two draft picks in Wednesday's trade with Dallas -- Nos. 34 and 51 in Thursday's Draft. We've been breaking down some potential options, which you can find here. Below is just one of the many promising prospects New York could consider:
DeAndre Daniels F
22 years old
University of Connecticut
Freshman PER 12.3 | Junior PER: 20.5
13.1 PPG | 46.9 FG% | 6 Reb | 78.7 FT%
One of the stars of UConn’s NCAA title run, Daniels’ status as a prospect remains unclear. He’s a good athlete with elite length for a small forward, but his offensive numbers were consistently average or below- among the small forwards in DraftExpress' top 100 prospects. He finished with the lowest assist rate in the group.
On the other hand, he shared the court with two ball-dominant guards (potential 1st-rounder Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright) and rarely found himself with playmaking responsibilities. Playing off the ball, he showcased a more complete game as a junior, including a newfound 3-point stroke (41.7%) and vaulted himself into 1st round consideration by averaging 13.1 points and six rebounds in six NCAA Tourney games.
If he gets stronger, you could see him as a versatile pro, capable of guarding multiple positions while adding value as a stretch 4. His block rate was 3rd among DX top 100 small forwards, an encouraging sign that he’ll be able to use his 7-2 wingspan to his advantage on the defensive end. If the 3-point stroke translates to the next level, he’d be quite a value later in the draft.