NBA Draft Watch: DeAndre Daniels

Ronald Martinez

With about a month until the NBA Draft, we'll take a look at how things are shaping up for DeAndre Daniels after the Combine and Draft Lottery

Mock Drafts

The consensus seems to be that Daniels is an early-second round prospect.

nbadraft.net: 39th overall - Philadelphia

DraftExpress: 46th overall - Washington

CBS Sports:

Gary Parrish- 36th overall to Milwaukee

Zach Harper- 33rd overall - Cleveland

Matt Moore- 36th overall to Milwaukee

Draftek: 53rd overall - Minnesota

FoxSports: 35th overall - Utah

Interviews and Workouts

Here's a list of teams who have shown interest in DeAndre after the combine.

Atlanta Haws (source): own 15th and 43rd overall picks

Boston Celtics (source): own 6th and 17th overall picks

Miami Heat (source): own 26th and 55th overall picks

Toronto Raptors (source):  own 20th, 37th and 59th overall picks

Charlotte Hornets: own 9th, 24th and 45th overall picks

DeAndre Daniels Shooting at Hornets Workout

Rumors and Opinions

Ollie Talks NBA, Napier, Daniels and Giffey | NBC Connecticut

Draft Prospect Breakdowns: UConn's DeAndre Daniels | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

2014 NBA Draft Profile: Could the Houston Rockets take DeAndre Daniels? - The Dream Shake

DeAndre Daniels: SF Would Make Sense With Atlanta Hawks

NBA Draft 2014: Underrated Prospects Who Will Surprise at Next Level | Bleacher Report

DraftExpress: DeAndre Daniels Scouting Report and Video Breakdown

Outlook

In two consecutive seasons, DeAndre Daniels has started quietly but finished strong. While some think DeAndre could have used another year of seasoning, his stock is quite high after keying UConn's run to (yet another!) NCAA Championship. For him the risk of injury or a down season after roster turnover outweighed the possible benefits of a strong, consistent senior year. More than that though, I think he just felt he was ready.

Despite being a Junior, DeAndre Daniels still has some unmet potential. He needs to put on some muscle and if he can improve his defense there's no reason to believe he can't be a solid rotation player in the pros. If another team believes the same Daniels could sneak into the end of the first round.

P.S. Shabazz Napier has been mocked to death to the Heat, both Giffey and Daniels have worked out for them. Is Miami ready for a new Big Three?

GO HUSKIES!!!

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