Yesterday, we discussed not only DeAndre Daniels' commitment to Connecticut -- a surprise pluck for the Huskies, who beat out the likes of Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Texas for the highly ranked small forward's services -- but what that commitment really, like, means, man.
The deeper takeaway goes a little something like this: Daniels had his choice of schools, delayed his decision far longer than any of his prospect peers, and wouldn't have committed to UConn unless he knew coach Jim Calhoun wasn't planning on retiring in the fall, as many have speculated since the Huskies' national title win in April.
It turns out Daniels is openly confirming that notion. From Adam Zagoria:
“[Calhoun said] I don’t have to worry about him not being there,” Daniels told SNY.tv by phone Wednesday. “He said he’ll be there.” Asked how that made him feel, Daniels said, “It made me feel good.”
OK, so it's not the most illuminating quote in the world ("How did you like that grilled cheese, DeAndre?" "It made me feel good."), but it does the important job at hand. It confirms the suspicions held by many that Daniels' commitment does indeed mean Calhoun will be back for another season this fall.
Now, Calhoun can always change his mind. He could still wait until later this fall to retire abruptly and install his apparent hand-picked successor, assistant coach Kevin Ollie, in the top spot. (And Daniels, having committed so late, can easily leave the school before he actually enrolls.) But that late-summer intrigue now seems less likely than ever.