Daniels asks for release from men’s basketball

Freshman forward Dantiel Daniels will not be coming back to the Salukis for his sophomore season, according to sources close to the team.

Daniels averaged 24.7 minutes and 8.3 points per game in 28 games this season. He was tied for the Missouri Valley Conference lead in blocks per game with 1.6.

Daniels said on Twitter he wishes the best for the Salukis, but it was time to move on.

With recruit Travis Wilkins reportedly asking for a release from his letter of intent, that leaves men’s basketball with two open scholarships for next season.

Former coach Chris Lowery, who recruited Daniels, was fired March 2. His former coaching staff was let go Tuesday.

Barry Hinson was hired March 28 to replace Lowery. He said today he had no comment about Daniels, but Media Services Director Tom Weber issued a statement on behalf of the University.

“Coach Hinson has had conversations with Dantiel regarding his release, but no action will be taken by the University until Dantiel has met with our Athletic Director (Mario Moccia) and Assistant Athletic Director in charge of Compliance Dan Rohrer,” Weber said.

A message left on Moccia’s voicemail Wednesday afternoon went unreturned, while Compliance Coordinator Ashley Shells said the compliance office has no comment at this time.

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