James Daniel, the nation’s leader scorer (27.1 points per game), has committed to Tennessee for the upcoming season. He will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.
Daniel led the country in scoring during the 2015-2016 season in his last full season at Howard.
Daniel missed all but two games a year ago with an ankle injury that required surgery.
Rick Barnes adds much needed scoring to a team that finished 147th in the nation a year ago with 74.5 points per game.
The Volunteers are coming off a season in which they finished an even 16-16 overall and 8-10 in SEC play (9th in conference).
The first two seasons of the Rick Barnes era has been underwhelming but Daniel provides much need offensive weapon.
The 6 foot guard is a bit undersized and the talent in the SEC is significantly better than what he faced in the MEAC. Daniel will need to become a better play maker and be able to distribute the ball better to teammates (career high 2.8 assists per game).
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Daniel received offers from Ohio State, Michigan and Depaul.