CU basketball gets NLI from junior college guard Maddox Daniels

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For a Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball team that inked just one recruit, Wednesday proved to be an unusually busy opening day of the spring signing period.

Not only did CU make it official with junior college guard Maddox Daniels, who signed his national letter of intent, but reports began circulating late Wednesday afternoon that head coach Tad Boyle has landed a new assistant coach to finalize his staff in former Arizona State assistant Anthony Coleman.

As of Wednesday evening CU had not confirmed Coleman’s hiring, which was first reported by 247Sports.com

Coleman is quite familiar with the Pac-12 Conference, having spent the past three seasons on the staff at ASU under head coach Bobby Hurley. He also spent several years as a sports marketing assistant manager at Adidas and spent one season as the director of basketball operations at USC.

Coleman replaces Kim English, who left his post at CU last week after two seasons to take an assistant coach job at Tennessee.

A 6-foot-6 guard from Florida SouthWestern State College, Daniels takes the roster spot of Namon Wright, the only senior on the 2018-19 CU roster who appeared in just 14 games before getting sidelined by a season-ending foot injury.

Boyle and assistant coach Mike Rohn connected with Daniels through Florida Southwestern head coach Eric Murphy, a former assistant at Northern Colorado. Wright’s midseason injury left 6-foot-7 sophomore D’Shawn Schwartz as the Buffs’ only bigger wing player alongside starting guards McKinley Wright (6-foot) and the 6-foot-2 Shane Gatling. Daniels’ addition infuses the Buffs’ perimeter rotation with some much-needed length.

Daniels started all 33 games for Florida Southwestern this past season, averaging 13.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. During his two-season junior college career, Daniels averaged 11.2 points while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range. His .431 mark on 3-pointers this past season (88-for-204) is at least a promising sign Daniels can fill another shortcoming for CU, which finished 10th overall in the Pac-12 Conference with a .323 3-point percentage and narrowly missed the league basement with a .312 mark on 3-pointers in conference games.

“(Daniels) fits what we need,” Boyle said in a statement. “He’s a big wing that can play multiple positions and guard multiple positions. He’s a 3-point shooter, something we need. He has a good work ethic, good discipline and is a good student. He checks a lot of our boxes; we’re really excited to have him here.”

Daniels, who will have two years of eligibility at CU and will arrive in Boulder for summer school, completes the Buffs’ roster for 2019-20, though that seemingly will change soon. Neither Deleon Brown nor Boyle have made Brown’s departure from the program official, but the junior guard already has entered the NCAA transfer portal after playing in just nine games before getting ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

If Brown’s departure becomes official, Boyle and his staff likely will attempt to land another transfer with an eye toward the 2020-21 roster.

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