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UConn’s DeAndre Daniels Declares for Draft

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Forward DeAndre Daniels from this season's men's national basketball champion Connecticut Huskies has declared for the NBA Draft, the school announced Friday. 

"I just felt like this was the right time for me," Daniels said in a statement. "I sat down with my family and we discussed it and everyone agreed, but the final decision was still mine and it was hard. I had a great career at UConn and I wouldn't change it for the world, and to go out on top like we did makes it even better."                                                                                           
Daniels, a junior, averaged 13.1 points, six rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this season. 

"DeAndre has made an enormous contribution to the success we have enjoyed at UConn, both on the court and in the classroom," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement. "Besides being an outstanding basketball player, he is a quality young man. We wholeheartedly support the decision he has made and wish him nothing but success as he moves ahead with his basketball career. He will always be part of our UConn family."                                                                                                                                          
Daniels becomes the fifth player that won't return to Connecticut next season. The Huskies are also losing seniors Shabazz Napier, Niels Giffey, Lasan Kromah, and Tyler Olander.                                                                                

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