ADDITIONAL NBA WORKOUTS, SUMMER LEAGUE ON TAP FOR DANIELS

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Troy Daniels says he has workouts scheduled with three NBA teams.

Troy Daniels says he has workouts scheduled with three NBA teams.

RICHMOND, Va. – Troy Daniels’ NBA workout at Barclays Center May 22-23 has come and gone, but the VCU graduate’s time in Brooklyn will have ripple effects in the coming weeks.

Daniels, the second-leading 3-point shooter in VCU history, says he has additional upcoming workouts scheduled with three NBA teams, Boston, Houston and Indiana, in the coming weeks. He did not disclose dates. The Roanoke, Va. native says he’s received interested from other teams as well, and hopes to set up more workouts over the next few weeks.

In addition, Daniels says he has agreements to play in both the Orlando (July 7-12) and Las Vegas (July 12-22) Summer Leagues, but is not at liberty to reveal which teams at this time. It is not uncommon for prospects to play for different franchises at each summer league site.

Daniels is currently not expected to be selected in the June 27 NBA Draft, but could draw interest as an undrafted free agent if he impresses in workouts. A number of notable NBA players have started their careers via free agency, including guards John Starks, Gary Neal, Jose Juan Barea and Jeremy Lin.

And that’s really all the 6-foot-4 sharpshooter could’ve asked for. Daniels’ Barclays Center workout among a group of 40-plus NBA hopefuls for representatives of all 30 of the league’s teams wasn’t about scoring an immediate job, it was about starting the process. It was about getting his name out there, catching the attention of a few NBA executives. Daniels has exceptional shooting ability, and now he’ll be able to continue to showcase that talent in hopes that some team decides his from-the-bleachers range is worthy of a roster spot.

In 125 career games, Daniels shot .386 (251-of-650) from 3-point range for the Rams. He trails only B.A. Walker’s 269 treys on VCU’s career list. Daniels set a school single-season records for 3-pointers with 94 and 124 threes during his junior and senior seasons, respectively. The shooting guard averaged 7.3 points per game during his career, including 12.3 as a senior.

EXACTLY HOW MANY NBA GUYS WAS THAT?

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VCU’s Jamie Skeen often got the better of Kansas’ Marcus Morris (pictured in white), scoring 26 points in the Rams’ Southwest Regional Championship victory in 2011.

I know we go to the well with the Final Four thing quite a bit, but sometimes it’s just unavoidable. I had another one of those “holy-crap-what-did-we-actually-do” moments last night while watching the Kentucky Wildcat Disbursement NBA Draft.

I couldn’t help but notice the staggering number of players drafted from the teams VCU beat during that run:

Southern Cal
2011: Nikola Vucevic, first round (16th overall) Philadelphia 76ers

Georgetown
None (surprising, right?)

Purdue
2011: JaJuan Johnson, first round (27th overall) New Jersey Nets
2011: E’Twaun Moore, second round (55th overall) Boston Celtics
*2012: Robbie Hummel, second round (58th overall) Minnesota Timberwolves
–Hummel was hurt and did not play during 2011 NCAA Tournament

Florida State

Chris Singleton had 16 points and nine rebounds against VCU in 2011, but he couldn’t prevent the Rams from walking away with a 72-71 overtime victory.

2011: Chris Singleton, first round (18th overall) Washington Wizards
2012: Bernard James, second round (33rd overall) Cleveland Cavaliers (traded to Dallas)

Kansas
2011: Markieff Morris, first round (13th overall) Phoenix Suns
2011: Marcus Morris, first round (14th overall) Houston Rockets
2011: Josh Selby, second round (49th overall) Memphis Grizzlies
2012: Thomas Robinson, first round (fifth overall) Sacramento Kings
2012: Tyshawn Taylor, second round (41st overall) Portland Trail Blazers

Butler
2011: Shelvin Mack, second round (34th overall) Washington Wizards

Not counting Robbie Hummel, who was injured when the Rams played Purdue, VCU played against 11 future NBA draft picks during its Final Four run (beating 10). Kansas has had five NBA draftees on its own! And there could be more (I’m talking to you, Jeff Withey).

Meanwhile, the Rams’ roster (up to this point) hasn’t had a single player drafted from that 2011 team. VCU essentially beat an NBA team to get to the Final Four. I mean, those five Kansas guys couldn’t possibly be any worse than the Charlotte Bobcats last year, could they? But I digress.

The important thing to know is that VCU faced – and defeated – an incredible amount of talent in 2011. Sometimes it’s just worth the time to stop and appreciate it.

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