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Utah basketball: 2016 SG Devon Daniels commits to Runnin' Utes

First Published      Last Updated Oct 21 2015 08:37 pm

October has been a kind recruiting month for the Runnin' Utes, already producing two 2016 commitments.

On Wednesday evening, they added a third 2016 commit after guard Devon Daniels announced he will accept Utah's scholarship offer.

"It just felt like home," Daniels said in an interview with the Tribune. "I have a great relationship with the coaches. The fit with me was the biggest part: the roles that they want me to come in as, what position they want me to play. I think they can get me to my full potential."

Rated a four-star prospect by Scout and a three-star prospect by Rivals, Daniels is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard and wing who is attending Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., this upcoming season. He's originally from Kalamazoo, Mich., where he was a star for Central High: He averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a junior.

His other offers included DePaul, Kansas State and Minnesota.

Daniels brings scoring, rebounding, and length to Utah's backcourt, which is expected to lose Brandon Taylor, Jordan Loveridge and Dakarai Tucker after this season when all three graduate.

"I'm just a guard who will do whatever it takes to win," Daniels said "I'm gonna create, play defense."

He visited the Utes back in September during the football team's win over Michigan. When he spoke to the Tribune after his visit, he said he was impressed by the facilities, and got along well with Kyle Kuzma and Lorenzo Bonam, who are also from Michigan.

Assistant coach DeMarlo Slocum also factored heavily into his recruiting process. Daniels said Slocum and Larry Krystkowiak made it clear he was a high-priority target.

The Utes add him to the 2016 class, which also has JC guard Jojo Zamora and early attendee big man Jayce Johnson who committed after a visit when Utah football trumped Cal. Parker Van Dyke, currently on his LDS Church mission, is expected to return as well.

Daniels said he's looking forward to his final prep season. He's not impatient to get to Utah, but he is ready.

"I just want to play," he said. "When I get on campus, I'm gonna give it all I've got."

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