Any concerns that new Cal head coach Charmin Smith would not be able to land top recruits because she had not been a head coach before have been laid to rest.
But Friday Cal and Smith got their highest-rated prospect yet when Dalayah Daniels of Garfield High School in Seattle, Wash., announced on twitter that she has committed to Cal for 2020.
The 6-foot-4 Daniels is ranked as the nation’s 14-best overall prospect in the class of 2020 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz.
Daniels is a forward with versatility. Her strengths are her athleticism and her ability to maneuver along the baseline. She can finish with either hand and is an adept shot-blocker.
Daniels, a forward, averaged 21 points, 14 points and five blocks per game last season as a junior when she was a first-team all-state performer.
All three recent commits -- assuming they all sign with Cal -- will vie for immediate playing time next season.
Here is what HoopGurlz said about Daniels in the past year:
Nike Nationals-July 2019: Athletic interior prospect with quickness in the paint; baseline attacker finishes plays in the lane over defenders; mobile in uptempo game; a skilled front court performer in the class of 2020. (Olson)
Boo Williams Invitational-April 2019: Athletic-4 with skilled interior game; finishes plays in traffic with either hand to the rim; mobile in transition; rebounds, scores in traffic vs. contact; versatile defender; superb front court prospect in the class of 2020. (Olson)
Here are some highlights from two years ago. Daniels is No. 33.
Below that is some drill footage of her: