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ZagNative
06-26-2008, 07:38 PM
This guy seems really intriguing and a big-time under-the-radar player the Zags appear to have had their eye on. He's transferred twice in three years to reach his junior year coming up this fall, spending his first year in Slidell, Louisiana, then a year at Renaissance Academy in La Canada, California, after which he moved to Nashville briefly (garnering attention with the Nashville Celtics AAU team) and was expected to play there this fall, but now he's back in California, registered for summer school at Taft, where he's expected to play if he is eligible under transfer rules. I suspect the frequency of transfers is the reason he's still not ranked in Rivals top 100 and doesn't even have a profile page on Scout.

Here's what I've found out about him:

The Zags name first appears to have come up on an LA Times Varsity Blog on March 6, 2008 (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/varsitytimesinsider/2008/03/working-copy-5.html):

Daniels finds a home at Renaissance Academy

When DeAndre Daniels moved from Louisiana to California back in September, he had no idea where he'd end up playing basketball. The 15-year-old made his rounds through the Valley with family, checking out several high schools before finally deciding to enroll at Renaissance Academy. In retrospect, it was the right choice, considering the success he's had this season.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore has fit in well, playing a prominent role off the bench for the Wildcats, averaging 10 points and six rebounds heading into tonight's/Thursday's showdown against Reedley Immanuel in the semifinals of the Southern California Regional Division V playoffs. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Maranatha High.

"I remember DeAndre and his father coming to our gym and watching a couple of practices. I had no idea who they were,'' Wildcats Coach Sid Cooke said. "You know what, I'm sure glad they ended up here. We lucked out with this kid. He's got a ton of raw talent. I don't think he realizes just how good he is or how good he can be.''

Apparently, NCAA Division I scouts haven seen something they like in Daniels, too. He's been contacted by several programs, including Arizona St., Gonzaga and Washington. A college decision, however, will have to wait. The only thing on his mind right now is the next game, and perhaps an appearance in the state finals March 15 at Arco Arena.

Guess joining the Wildcats six months ago turned out to be a good decision.Most recently, Deandre shone at the War on the Floor (CaliforniaPreps.com - Rivals - Subscription (https://secure.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=821291)), with his Taft team coming away with a 77-51 victory over Tyler Honeycutt's Sylmar squad in the finals.


http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Recruits/Deandre%20Daniels/2008-06-23DeandreDanielsWarontheFlo.jpg

With strong performances from Deandre Daniels and Terran Carter, host Taft raced out to a 26-6 lead and cruised to a 77-51 victory over Sylmar in the Boys championship game of the War on the Floor tournament Tuesday night in Woodland Hills.Deandre Daniels, who played at Renaissance Academy in La Canada the past two years and is considering a transfer to Taft, scored his game-high 21 points on 9-of-15 from the floor. He also grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds and had 2 blocked shots and 2 steals.
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Neither Daniels nor Carter, nor any of the Taft starters played the final quarter, which began with Taft holding a comfortable 20-point lead.....
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33-DeAndre Daniels, PF 9/15 fg, 1/1 ft, 8 reb, 2 blk, 2 stl, 1 pf, 21 pts
They thrashed Sylmar, though Tyler Honeycutt did manage a game-high 17 rebounds, while getting 18 points of 8-for-20 from the floor.

Note: The author misspoke about the two years at Renaissance. Deandre was there just one year, the previous one being at Slidell, LA.

To be continued, going back in time ....

ZagNative
06-26-2008, 08:58 PM
Renaissance Academy 2007-08: No idea why he appears to want to leave Renaissance Academy, but it was interesting to me to compare his MaxPreps stat line, as a 6'8" sophomore, to that of 6'10" junior Anthony Stover

Deandre Daniels (http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/Player.mxp/AreaID-8e11e7d4-d3fa-4e6f-827f-652c29439d27/AthleteID-81c6c22b-a529-41db-836d-005f955ba901/SchoolID-b57b49fc-e58c-409e-a090-a771d4226f63/Boys_Varsity_Basketball_Winter_07-08/California):
Scoring/Shooting Points PPG
Season Totals: 190 10.6
Rebounds Total RPG
Season Totals: 100 5.6

Anthony Stover (http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/Player.mxp/AreaID-8e11e7d4-d3fa-4e6f-827f-652c29439d27/AthleteID-c598cbb9-7356-4439-8efd-6bada1e74fd4/SchoolID-b57b49fc-e58c-409e-a090-a771d4226f63/Boys_Varsity_Basketball_Winter_07-08/California)
coring/Shooting Points PPG
Season Totals: 222 10.6
Rebounds Total RPG
Season Totals: 143 6.8Pretty darned close, though Anthony can also claim credit, if MaxPreps are to be believed, for 7.4 blocks per game!

Slidell, LA: here's a Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chRlAX5-GOg) video of Deandre's 2006-07 Slidell team at a Missippi State workout, which includes 14-year-old Deandre Daniels dunking.

June 2007 Hoopscoop Ranking, Addidas Phenom 150 Camp: Clark Francis, of HoopScoop.com (http://www.hoopscooponline.com/members/phenomfroshsophcamp.asp), rated Deandre as the #5 player at last summer's Addidas Phenom TOP 150 FROSH/SOPH CAMP. He also was an all-star or alternate for the all-star game.

Prather Memorial Classic: from a May 15 CaliforniaPreps.com (Rivals Prather Memorial Classic) Rivals subscription story about the Prather Memorial Classic

DeAndre Daniels, Nashville Celtics

The 6-foot-8 forward from the class of 2010 was one of the biggest surprises of the weekend because of his production and overall potential. A relative unknown from a national perspective coming into the event, Daniels gave a great first impression.

He hit a three-pointer at the buzzer of one game to send the contest to overtime. His perimeter skills were solid and he finished around the rim and grabbed some rebounds out of his area. For programs looking for a nice sleeper in the rising junior class, Daniels is a good one to start with.
He's also changed AAU teams a couple of times. I'm not sure which AAU team he was with at Slidell or at Renaissance Academy, since the first reports I've found on line are of the Nashville Celtics this summer, and now it appears he's playing for Team Chandler (http://www.gboahoops.com/west/teams/team-chandler.html), and the next game up for Team Chandler appears to be the South Valley Fever Tournament (CaliforniaPreps.com - rivals - subscription (http://californiapreps.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=815478)) July 5-6 at Fresno.

There will be a pop quiz about all of the above Monday morning after Hoopfest weekend. ZN will likely fail it, but not before posting one more nice pic of the young Mr. Daniels:

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Recruits/Deandre%20Daniels/19401186E.jpg

JAGzag
06-27-2008, 03:36 AM
Why is it that every recruit we seem to be after regardless of location, UW is right there! Or is it vice versa?!

spudzag
06-27-2008, 07:00 AM
ZN you are amazing. What information.

ZagNative
06-27-2008, 07:44 AM
Why is it that every recruit we seem to be after regardless of location, UW is right there! Or is it vice versa?!

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Junk/Misc/WestCoastRecruiters7.jpg

JLGutrocks
06-27-2008, 07:48 AM
Why is it that every recruit we seem to be after regardless of location, UW is right there! Or is it vice versa?!

I was thinking the same thing. hmmm. I smell a rat.

xjzico
06-27-2008, 08:17 AM
Romar seems to have a in with LA and SoCal kids which probably goes back to when he and Dollar were at UCLA. Also, I think he understands talent, but I sometimes wonder if he knows what to do with it.

ZagNative
06-27-2008, 08:32 AM
We are rapidly turning this into a discussion of UW and/or Lorenzo Romar ... :confused:

ZN calls this meeting of the Deandre Daniels fan club to order!!! The sergeant at arms will please evict the next poster who mentions UW and/or its coach.

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Junk/Misc/GavelAnimated_18016.gif

75Zag
06-27-2008, 09:00 AM
I had never heard of Daniels before this post. If he is a good player who will fit in and help the Zags, I am happy if he chooses to come to GU.

This is slightly off topic, but I am curious about the idea of jumping from one high school program to another. If this is necessary because of a family situation, parent job change, etc. then so be it. But if a kid is changing high school programs repeatedly because of dissatisfaction with coaching or playing minutes or program status or whatever, does that predict future trouble? Is the kid likely to stay at one college for his entire career if he can't stay at one (or two or three) high schools? Perhaps this is just the way things are now. I am still used to the idea of a kid going to the nearest high school unless his parents can afford the tuition at the private school across town or whatever.

NashvilleCeltics
11-10-2008, 07:50 AM
Deandre is a great kid, very high character. The reason for the moving has to do with his family situation and his dad and mother live in separate areas. He is a very skilled player. #148 on Rivals.com top 150 for 2010 but its that low b/c they havent seen him very much. Alot of teams had him on their AAU roster but he didnt participate except with us last season.

Zags are also calling a kid we have Casey Prather, #30 on Rivals.com Top 150 for 2010

BobZag
11-10-2008, 08:51 AM
Deandre is a great kid, very high character. The reason for the moving has to do with his family situation and his dad and mother live in separate areas. He is a very skilled player. #148 on Rivals.com top 150 for 2010 but its that low b/c they havent seen him very much. Alot of teams had him on their AAU roster but he didnt participate except with us last season.

Zags are also calling a kid we have Casey Prather, #30 on Rivals.com Top 150 for 2010

Sounds good to me! Thanks, Nashville.

theothegreat21
11-10-2008, 09:02 AM
Great stuff Nashville. From everything I have read, both Prather and Daniels would be the type of athletes that would be terrific recuits for Coach Few and the rest of the staff

MDABE80
11-10-2008, 10:13 AM
Welcome aboard Nashville.
ZN...I don't know where you acquired that cartoon but it's hilarious.
Romar is a terrific recruiter/salesman. He promises much to the kids and delivers .....well you can judge for yourselves. Few/Ray/Tommy's approach is more down to earth and realistic. No lolipops and moonbeams at GU.....you work hard, you play and the team gets better.
Deandre sounds like a nice, solid kid...

ZagNative
11-10-2008, 01:20 PM
Ditto the welcome, Nashville Celtics!

Where is DeAndre going to school now? LA or Tennessee? Which school? I know he was at Rennaissance, then for at least a summer in Tennessee, then back to LA, maybe to Taft?

I've lost track.

I really liked what I read about this kid. I tried to follow him over the summer on the AAU circuit but didn't find much. I thought he'd be with the Celtics, but then he seemed to be back in LA, reportedly playing for Team Chandler. But I don't recall any reports on how he did. Too bad when these moves throw a kid off the radar.

So do you know if the Zags have continued to show interest recently and vice versa?



Abe, I first googled for a Dudley Doorite cartoon to represent our very own good guy, intending to look next for a Snively Whiplash to represent Romar, and darned if they didn't come up together in a single cartoon, with the bonus of the king! From there, it was only a matter of adding the caption and names.

Glad you liked it!