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UConn's DeAndre Daniels declares for NBA draft, Ryan Boatright stays

DeAndre Daniels UConn's DeAndre Daniels averaged 16 points in six NCAA tourney games. (Bill Shettle/Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

UConn junior DeAndre Daniels will forgo his senior season of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft and junior guard Ryan Boatright will return for his senior campaign, the school announced Friday.

Daniels, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward, averaged 13.1 points and six rebounds per game this past season, while making 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers.

He saw his draft stock rise with a couple of big performances in the NCAA Tournament.

Daniels had 27 points and 10 rebounds in a Sweet 16 win over Iowa State, and added 20 points and 10 boards in Connecticut's national semifinal victory over Florida.

Daniels is projected to be a late first-round or second-round selection.

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Boatright averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.

"I couldn't be happier that Ryan will be back with us next season not only for his terrific basketball talents, but to provide tremendous senior leadership for us, both on and off the court," coach Kevin Ollie said. "The growth and maturity he has shown throughout his career has been wonderful and I expect that to continue as he works toward his degree."
 
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