will-daniels-1.jpg Will Daniels - The Draft Review
  • Name: Will Daniels
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height: 6-8 (2.03m)
  • Weight: 225 (102kg)
  • College Team: Rhode Island Rams
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Birthdate: 4/21/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not selected by an NBA franchise ...
rhode_island Will Daniels - The Draft Review

Strengths: Possesses an NBA body that can handle the physical rigors of an NBA schedule … Has 3-point range on his jumper … Strong upper body enables him to absorb contact and finish with success … Quality ball handler who is able to take some defenders to the basket … Understands how to use the glass in traffic to convert difficult shots … Decent shooter when his feet are set or in catch and shoot situations 16 feet from the basket … Uses a number of hesitation moves to get defenders off their feet where he will then lean in on them when he shoots to create contact … Plays the game with toughness and a warrior’s attitude to do whatever it takes to win the game … Defensively, Daniels likes to use his strength and aggressiveness to disrupt opposing players … Potentially, he still has a relatively good upside despite being a senior … Great rebounder who relies on his strength, long arms and determination to gather a good number of boards … Owns a solid post up game that often allows him to take small forwards down in the paint … Creates mismatches during games, as most small forwards are unable to guard him in post up situations and most power forwards are too slow to defend him … Gym rat with a tremendous work ethic who entered Rhode Island as a power forward, but through hard work will leave as a small forward …

Weaknesses: While he shows the ability to shoot from the perimeter he remains a very streaky shooter … Doesn’t really move well without the ball – Daniels will often post up players instead of running around picks or cutting to the basket … Lacks the explosive first step needed to create separation from his defender … Basketball IQ is suspect as there are moments when you wonder what he was thinking, but to his credit he doesn’t have mental breakdowns … Daniels is somewhat predictable offensively because he isn’t very smooth shooting off the dribble on pull-up situations, so most defenders play him for the drive … Some of this has to deal with his shooting mechanics - while he puts the ball behind his head, his release is of more concern as it’s never consistent and at times choppy, also fails to properly square up his body … Athletically, he is not a great leaper nor very quick … Defensively, this really restricts him from being able to guard explosive players as his lateral quickness is below average … Listed at 6-8, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he measured out at 6-6 ½ to 6-7 … Hasn’t been as aggressive attacking the basket this year and creating contact due to the fact that he has settled for perimeter shots … Does a lot of things well, but isn’t exceptional at any one skill …

Matthew Maurer - 2/25/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Rhode Island

28

40.5

29.2

51.8

0.5

0.3

3.7

0.5

 6.4

2005-06 Rhode Island

28

44.7

33.3

69.3

0.9

0.6

5.6

1.4

11.0

2006-07 Rhode Island

33

49.0

41.8

76.3

0.8

0.6

5.6

1.5

17.4

2007-08 Rhode Island

33

50.1

36.0

69.1

1.0

0.9

6.5

1.1

18.6

DIV I Totals

122

46.4

35.4

67.1

0.8

0.6

5.4

1.1

13.7

 

 

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