The Perth Wildcats announced today that their star import DeAndre Daniels underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow. The post-surgery rehabilitation process is expected to take 4-6 weeks.
Drafted 37th overall by the Toronto Raptors in June, it was the team’s intention from day-one to help Daniels find a another team to play for this season where he could develop his game. Perth sees Daniels as someone that can help the Wildcats win back-to-back titles in 2014-15.
Daniels was a National Champion with UConn as a Junior last season averaging 13.1 points, 6 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.4 blocks while hitting on 41.7 percent of his three-point attempts. However, he was primarily a power forward in college and he’ll need to be able to play both forward positions in the NBA. At 6’ 8.5” in shoes and 196 lbs he is undersized at the four, but his 7’2 wingspan should help him defensively to guard either forward spot. He had some huge games in UConn’s run to the Championship including a 20 point 10 rebound effort against Florida in a Final Four matchup.
“At the end of the day, everyone wants a winner on their team who knows what it takes to win,” Daniels told Pro Bball Report. “I played the four in college and I am just a guy that can do everything, but (I need to) show them that I have more aspects to my game – can handle the ball and shoot the ball – rebounding and playing defense.”
Daniels is expected to make a full recovery in plenty of time to help the Wildcats pursue a championship this season.
— Perth Wildcats (@PerthWildcats) September 2, 2014