Before jump-starting his NBA career, 2014 second-round pick DeAndre Daniels has agreed to deal to play in Australia.
Daniels yesterday told reporters at an exhibition game at his old college that he was headed Down Under for the summer.
“I’m going to Australia for four months, a long vacation, and I’m going back and will be with the Raptors,” Daniels was quoted as saying.
“I’m just going to go out there and not look at it as a negative, but look at it as a positive.
“I’m just going to go out there and get better.”
Prior to embarking on his NBA journey, Daniels spent three seasons at the University of Connecticut, Daniels averaged 9.6 points on 45 percent shooting, and 4.6 rebounds per game. His play led to being selected 37th overall
Due to depth at the wing, the Toronto Raptors failed to guarantee Daniels a spot on the roster going into the 2014-15 season which left the forward with two options: playing overseas or finding a spot in the NBA Development League. Allowing Daniels to play elsewhere instead of rotting on the bench for an entire season will allow Daniels to continue developing by participating in live action instead of practices and controlled scrimmages.
If Daniels shows the proper improvement over a years time, it’s likely the Raptors will sign the forward to a non-guaranteed deal where he has to prove himself worthy of a roster spot while the Raptors keep their roster flexible.
Playing with the Raptors Summer League team, Daniels appeared in five games, averaging 10 points and 6.2 rebounds