Southern Illinois' Daniels decides to transfer


WPSD Sports

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University men's basketball coach Barry Hinson announced Monday that sophomore forward Dantiel Daniels intends to transfer at the end of the semester. Hinson said Daniels will be released from his scholarship, pending satisfactory academic progress.

Daniels averaged 8.3 points and 4.9 rebounds and made the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman team in 2012. His production dipped to 7.7 points and 3.2 rebounds last season, due in part to injuries that caused him to miss all or part of five games. Despite the injuries, Daniels finished second in 2013 in field goal percentage in the MVC, converting .609 from the field. He also departs SIU ranked third in school history in blocked shots per game at 1.31.

"Dantiel has always represented SIU in a first-class manner and was a pleasure to coach," Hinson said. "We appreciate his contributions to Saluki Basketball during the last two seasons and wish him the best in his basketball career."

Daniels missed most of the preseason last fall with a groin injury, but returned in time to be a significant contributor during the non-conference season, in which SIU built a 7-4 record. He scored a career-high 23 points against UC Davis and had 20 points versus New Orleans. The 6-foot-5 lefty suffered a high-ankle sprain in the conference opener at Missouri State, missed the next three games, and averaged just 5.6 points in conference play.

"I want to thank Coach Hinson, the coaching staff, my teammates and Saluki fans for supporting me during my career at SIU," Daniels said. "I feel the Saluki Basketball program has a bright future under Coach Hinson's leadership."

From: SIU media relations

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