DeAndre Daniels may have surprised and possibly angered many with his decision to commit to the Connecticut Huskies back when he was in high school, but I wonder who is laughing now?
“A lot of people were kind of mad and gave me a hard time about it,” Daniels said to Jeff Eisenberg of the Dagger. “They said, ‘How could you go somewhere you didn’t visit after you dragged out your whole recruitment?'”
The main reason that Daniels committed to the Huskies without visiting was because he had already used all of his official visits at that point. At this moment, he is probably quite happy with his decision.
Daniels just helped the Huskies secure a national title over one of the most hyped freshman recruiting classes of all time. These were not the Fab Five, however, and you will not be seeing many of them return for a sophomore season. Most of the starters on this team have only helped their draft stock, and it would not surprise me to see all of them enter the draft this summer. After all, is that not what John Calipari sells the hardest when he visits these blue chip recruits?
As far as the Huskies? They probably only have one first round pick on their team, and I bet you know who that is. Shabazz Napier was named the most outstanding player of the Final Four, and rightfully so. Napier will most likely get his reward this summer, but you can bet that Daniels was a key contributor for this Huskies’ team as well and they would not have cut down the nets without him.