It was a disappointing end for Kansas Jayhawk fans to the DeAndre Daniels recruiting saga that spanned several months and multiple delays. Rivals.com 10-ranked player in the 2011 recruiting class surprised Kansas, Texas, and Oregon with his pick that seemingly came out of left field.
Up until late last month it appeared as though DeAndre Daniels would surely be landing at Allen Fieldhouse. But some sour grapes, and a immature ego, led the highly touted high school senior to put himself back on the recruiting market.
Although this will officially end Bill Self’s 2011 recruiting class on a sour note, Jayhawk fans should applaud Self on his loyalties.
Per a college basketball recruiting source, Daniels was upset over having to wait for word on a scholarship from Kansas. Back in early January, Daniels was ready to sign but Kansas. With the Morris Twins and Selby having not yet declared for the NBA Draft, a scholarship was not yet available.
According to the source, Self had the option to revoke a scholarship from one of his seniors but stayed loyal to his guys. After being informed of the situation, Daniels took this as a betrayal from Self. Daniels father still urged his son to stay committed to Kansas but the damage had already been done.
If Self yanks the scholarship from one of his role players, DeAndre Daniels is a Jayhawk 5 months ago.
That kind of loyalty in this era of college sports is a dying trait.
Just look at what happened at Ohio State.
Coach Jim Tressel told multiple football players that he would delay their suspension for taking illegal benefits from a local tattoo shop if they promised to come back another season. Fast-forward several months and Tressel resigns, leaving players like Terrelle Pryor without a team and without a NFL contract.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it though—Self lost out on a good player today. But it may be Daniels that loses out the most.
DeAndre wanted to go to Texas and his father wanted his son to follow through with his early intentions to go to Kansas. Ultimately his decision to go play for the defending NCAA Tournement Champions was done out of spite.
The Huskies will have a stacked core of wing players which could make it difficult to find playing time. If Daniels truly wants to jump to the NBA after the upcoming season, he picked a tough route to go.
These Jayhawks could have used the talents of Daniels but need to establish a core team-personality before they can take on one-and-done players. At this point, a one year player like Daniels would be a Band-Aid fix that would ultimately set the program back long term.
Although Daniels would have made an immediate impact in the here and now, Self again made the best choice for his program as a whole.
What do you think? Is Self’s loyalty and commitment to the big picture hurting his ability to bring in top-ranked players? Leave your thoughts in the comments box below.