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UConn forward DeAndre Daniels declares for NBA Draft

By Tim Fontenault
On April 25, 2014

  • UConn forward DeAndre Daniels throws down a dunk against Florida in the Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Daniels announced Friday that he will forgo his senior season at UConn and declare for the NBA Draft. JON KULAKOFSKY/The Daily Campus

UConn junior DeAndre Daniels will forgo his senior year and has decided to enter the NBA Draft.

Daniels' decision was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, and Daniels confirmed the decision with a statement through his Twitter account.

"This is bittersweet, but I made a decision that's best for me and my family," Daniels said. "UConn will always be my home. I love this school so much and the dedicated school spirit of the fans.

"The past three years here, in Storrs, were the best three years of my life. I wouldn't change anything for the world. I will always #BleedBlue #NotGonnaLieICried #HUSKYFORLIFE."

Daniels, a 6-foot-8-inch forward, averaged 16 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the 2014 NCAA tournament, helping UConn win its fourth national championship.

In 99 career games, Daniels averaged 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds. He is the first player to leave UConn early and declare for the NBA Draft under Kevin Ollie, but he is the 16th player recruited by Jim Calhoun to do so.

Junior guard Ryan Boatright has yet to announce his intentions. He has until Sunday to do so.

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