Wait, what? DeAndre Daniels picks UConn

Huskies make late push for prize recruit, who spurns KU

DeAndre Daniels, the No. 10-ranked player according to Rivals.com in the class of 2011.

DeAndre Daniels, the No. 10-ranked player according to Rivals.com in the class of 2011.

Originally published June 7, 2011 at 4:33 p.m., updated June 8, 2011 at midnight

Prize college basketball recruiting prospect DeAndre Daniels, who for the longest time had listed Kansas University, Texas and Oregon as his three finalists, has decided to play college basketball at ... Connecticut.

Daniels, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to the defending national champion Huskies late Tuesday afternoon.

The commitment of Rivals.com’s No. 10-rated player in the Class of 2011 was reported on the IMG Academy Website.

“DeAndre has taken full advantage of everything that IMG has to offer and has continued to develop on the court, in the classroom and in the weight room,” IMG director of basketball Andy Borman said in a release. “He is an extremely talented young man, but what sets him apart from other talented kids his age is the fact that he is extremely driven and focused on becoming the best player possible. He is an immediate impact player at the next level.”

Daniels, who did not make a recruiting visit to UConn, told ESPN: “Until now it’s been all speculation. It’s over and I’m going to UConn.”

Daniels is expected to be a one-and-done college player. His initial interest in UConn was reported by Zagsblog.com just five days ago.

KU, which still has three scholarships to give in recruiting, has an incoming class of guards Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe, and forwards Jamari Traylor and Braeden Anderson.