DeAndre Daniels will start his professional basketball career in Australia, where he will reportedly play for the Perth Wildcats.
Daniels was the Toronto Raptors' second round pick in this year's NBA draft. At the request of Masai Ujiri, Daniels will leave at the end of the month to spend four months playing overseas.
“I’m going to Australia for four months, a long vacation, and I’m going back and will be with the Raptors,” Daniels said. I’m just going to go out there and not look at it as negative, but look at it as a positive. I’m just going to go out there and get better.”
Daniels, who averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds last season for the Connecticut Huskies, spent the summer with the Raptors. He played five games for Toronto's summer league team.
Daniels does not regret leaving school early.
“I don’t second guess it at all,” he said. “I’m going to Australia for four months and I look at it as a long vacation before I come back. I’ll get better, just keep improving, but I don’t look at it as a negative. I’m just going to keep moving forward and God has a plan.
“It works out differently for everybody, not everybody has the same plan, so all I can control is what I control. That’s how hard I work and keep improving.”