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Will Daniels
SI Rank
1
Position: Class:
Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'8, 225

BIOGRAPHY: Despite being a two-time all-Atlantic 10 first teamer, Daniels is sure to provoke debate. There's no denying his impressive numbers at Rhode Island, but it's unclear whether he's big enough to serve as an NBA power forward or possesses the perimeter game to serve as an effective small forward. There are also questions about his defense after he was often in foul trouble and fouled out three times during his senior season. His status as a rare senior in an underclassmen-heavy draft also hurts his upside. His improved production throughout his four seasons with the Rams is difficult to ignore, however. Daniels averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 2007-08, and was one of just three players nationally to average those totals, shoot at least 50 percent from the field and 35 percent on 3-pointers and total at least 30 assists, steals and blocked shots. One of the others was possible No. 1 overall pick Michael Beasley of Kansas State. Daniels combines a strong upper body with a long wingspan, good hands and some shooting range. But he'll likely have to improve his quickness and athleticism in order to find a spot on an NBA roster, a fact that could drop him deep into the second round - if not off the board completely.

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