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Villanova Basketball 2020-21 player preview: Caleb Daniels

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Another Wildcat that can potentially have some post-redshirt year magic.

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Caleb Daniels’ Career Stats

SEASON GP GS MIN FG FG% 3PT 3P% FT FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
SEASON GP GS MIN FG FG% 3PT 3P% FT FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
2017-18 30 0 18.3 2.0-4.7 42.9 0.7-1.8 39.6 1.7-2.2 80 0.7 1.5 2.2 1.5 0.3 0.2 2.7 1.2 6.4
2018-19 30 30 33.9 5.8-13.0 44.5 1.6-4.5 34.6 3.7-5.4 68.7 1.4 3.9 5.3 3.3 0.3 0.8 2.9 2.9 16.9

Caleb Daniels

Hometown: New Orleans, La.
High School: St. Augustine
Former College: Tulane
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210

Player preview

The redshirt is off, and Caleb Daniels is free to play this season after previously transferring in from Tulane. There wasn’t much to see publicly last season, so we’re going to have to go back to his time down in Louisiana.

He arrived at Villanova with two seasons’ worth of experience at Tulane. In his final season there, it went 4-27 overall and didn’t win a single conference game in 2018-19. Despite the team’s struggles, Daniels was a consistent bright spot in his final season there. Sometimes it felt like he did nearly everything for the Green Wave, except coach the team and drive the bus.

Even with the defensive attention he raced as Tulane’s top scoring threat, he averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 0.8 steals per game as a sophomore. He shot 44.5 percent overall and 34.6 percent from long range.

At various points throughout that season, he singlehandedly carried the Green Wave.

Now at Villanova, Daniels has two years of eligibility left. He’ll get to relax in the sense that he won’t need to shoulder the load for an entire team. With a lot more talent around him, he can focus on doing his part and specializing in his role within a new system that he got a year to soak in.

The rumors and whispers emerging from the practice gym were positive and indicated lots of promise for the Wildcats’ latest incoming transfer.

Teammate Jeremiah Robinson-Earl provided a bit more of a clearer picture of what Daniels can bring to the floor.

“Another great piece that we weren’t able to have last year,” Robinson-Earl said of Daniels. “He was a great practice dude for us last year, when he transferred. When we would go up against teams, and they have a really good guard, he’d be that guard we would go up against. He can shoot the ball, dribble the ball, get to the goal, be really aggressive, bring it on the defensive end — I think he’ll be a great piece for our team to add some toughness and grit on offense and defense.”

Head coach Jay Wright noted his promise during the 2019-20 season as a practice player, but wanted to temper the flames a bit.

“He’s one of those guys that I wish we could have had him last spring, during the summer,” Wright said of Daniels. “He’s going to help, but being a transfer in our program, that offseason last summer would have been really important, and we missed a lot of it. I want to lessen expectations on him, not for any fault of his own, but it’s probably going to take him about halfway through the year to get into it.

“We’ve had all kinds of challenges, as everyone’s has. He’s only had about 10 practices since the end of last season with the team, but he’s gonna be good. He can score, he has good size, but be a little patient with him.”

Best case scenario: Daniels jives quickly with the team and seamlessly transitions off the bench and onto the court. He becomes the next example of a Villanova player that plays well off of a redshirt year and cracks the starting five or serves as a “sixth starter.”

Worst case scenario: He shows flashes of talent, but also shows moments where he’s still learning the system. Although he’ll likely be a regular member of the rotation, we’ll have to wait until midway through the season, or possibly even later, before he can truly shine.

The Wisdom of the Crowds

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How many points per game will Caleb Daniels average this season?

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  • 16%
    7.0 or fewer
    (127 votes)
  • 50%
    7.1-10.0
    (400 votes)
  • 28%
    10.1-13.0
    (221 votes)
  • 4%
    13.0 or more
    (39 votes)
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