Ever since Wednesday, Duke, Kansas, Oregon and Texas fans have been in limbo wondering if class of 2011 small forward DeAndre Daniels will choose their favorite school and what that means for the future of their team… but the ironic is he might not choose any of those options. The top unsigned prospect left has more choices than people think and can even drag out this decision all summer or to when the NBA agrees upon a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Since Daniels has remained undecided past the spring signing period, he can only sign a financial-aid agreement, not a letter of intent. If a financial-aid agreement is signed, it only binds the school to the player, but not the player to the school. Because of the flexibility in this type of agreement, Daniels could stay unsigned until a few weeks into next school year.
If he chooses to go this route (which many people believe he will), then the two main players in his decision will be Kansas and Texas, although he has expressed interest in Duke and Oregon as well. It has been speculated that Daniels is a heavy lean to Kansas or Texas, but that his father, LaRon Daniels, wants him to go to another school. Daniels also has two senior teammates that will be Jayhawks in Jamari Traylor, who committed just a few days ago, and Christian Garrett, who accepted a spot as a preferred walk-on for Kansas head coach Bill Self. Daniels would be the Jayhawks’ fifth scholarship player in class of 2011 along with Taylor, point guard Naadir Tharpe, small forward Ben McLemore (#42) and power forward Braeden Anderson. He would also give them a top ten recruiting class.
As for Texas, where Daniels previously de-committed from, if he decided to rejoin head coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns, he would give them a top five recruiting class that includes point guards Myck Kabongo (#9) and Sterling Gibbs, shooting guards Sheldon McClellan and Julien Lewis, and power forward Jonathan Holmes. Texas would have a prospect at nearly every position and their class would help fill a large hole that point guard Cory Joseph, small forward Jordan Hamilton and power forward Tristan Thompson left when they departed for the NBA draft.
Another option that Daniels has is waiting for the new NBA CBA to be created and hope that the rules are changed so he could skip college and go straight to the pros. The reason behind this is because if the rule doesn’t get changed, like stated earlier, he could still sign a financial-aid agreement a few weeks into the 2011-2012 college year since he didn’t sign a letter of intent before the spring signing period expired.
Daniels also has the options of going into the D-League or playing overseas, but both of these options are highly unlikely. It’s also been rumored that he’s waiting to announce his decision at the Pangos All-American camp, which is June 3-5. The bottom line in this whole situation is that Daniels has so many routes he can take and multiple months to decide. Also, considering how reluctant Daniels and his father are in talking to the media, the only thing that’s certain in the recruitment of DeAndre Daniels is that nothing is certain.