“I’m really comfortable with that,” Daniels said. “I ran it all year last year at JuCo. I was running it in practice when I was at Miami. It’s kind of my natural position now.”
Daniels spent last season at Brooklyn (N.Y.) ASA in junior college, where he ran the point. He averaged 18 points per game and 4.6 assists after transferring from Miami.
He represents half of the projected starting backcourt in 2014, alongside Mack – a team captain.
“I’m able to run the team,” Daniels said regarding his role on the court. “Me and Myles are getting together and getting everything under control. The offense was falling apart sometimes last year, but we can clean that up. I want to be the best player that I can be.
“I’m expecting to come in and have a big role. We’re going into the Big Ten. I have to try to put it together piece by piece. We had some players leave, but we have good players coming in that are going to help us get where we need to be.”
Daniels left Miami in search of a better role, and described Rutgers as a best-case scenario.>
“It was kind of rough on me,” Daniels said. “Coming in now under Eddie and the new coaches is going to be huge for me. It’s a second chance. I didn’t know where I was going to end up after leaving Miami. I made some bad decisions, but gladly Rutgers took me in. I’m going to make the best of it, and I’m going to make them proud.”
Daniels was the first member of Jordan’s 2014 recruiting class, committing before Jordan coached his first game.
“I’m very excited with his background,” Daniels said. “Being an NBA coach, that’s a big thing for me. At the end of the day, that’s where I’m trying to make it to. For him to be able to teach me those things is a big reason of why I came here.”
Mack and Daniels spend plenty of time together during the offseason, and work closely during summer workouts.
“He’s a big help,” Daniels said. “We’ve been close since we were in high school, so we’ve kind of been keeping in contact even when I wasn’t here. We’re real close. You’re going to see once we get on the court.”