Daniels joining Gonzaga's staff

UCLA assistant basketball coach Donny Daniels is leaving the program to become the top assistant on Mark Few's staff at Gonzaga, Bruins coach Ben Howland said on a teleconference Tuesday afternoon.

Daniels has been an assistant at UCLA for seven years. He is replacing Gonzaga assistant Leon Rice, who left to become the head coach at Boise State last week.

"I support him 100 percent on his decision," Howland said. "You'd have to ask him his mindset, but I always considered Donny a good friend and a very good coach. He was a part of three Final Fours here. I appreciate all his hard work and dedication. He's probably financially making a little more relative to cost of living.

"It's something he felt strongly about, and so I support him 100 percent."

Howland said he would delay hiring a new assistant coach until after he finished this year's recruiting class over the next few weeks.

Daniels had previously been the head coach at Cal State Fullerton and an assistant at Utah under Rick Majerus (1990-2000).

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.