James Daniel III, who was the NCAA Division I scoring leader in 2015-16, will be transferring to Tennessee and will be immediately eligible to play this upcoming season.
Tennessee lands grad transfer James Daniel (@byrds_view11), led nation in scoring 2 years ago. Said he chose Vols over Ohio State & DePaul.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 22, 2017
— James Daniel lll (@jayd3__) May 22, 2017
At Howard, the 6-0 point guard averaged 17 PPG, 4 APG, 2.5 RPG and 1.7 SPG in four seasons with the Bison, including a Division I-leading 27.1 PPG in 2015-16 for which he was named MEAC Player of the Year for his outstanding season. He also led the nation in free throws made and attempted that season with 280 and 311, respectively.
However, he was unable to build off this in 2016-17, as he missed nearly all of last season due to issues with an ankle injury he suffered during in a scrimmage last October.
Room was made for Vols head coach Rick Barnes to add James Daniel after the departure of guard Shembari Phillips earlier this month, leaving one available scholarship spot that could only be used on a graduate transfer.
The Hampton, Va. native now joins a loaded Tennessee backcourt with the likes of Jordan Bone, Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden and will be another great scoring threat along with Vols JUCO signee Chris Darrington.
Daniel is also the final piece of the 2017 signing class for the Vols, as he joins Yves Pons, Derrick Walker and Zach Kent along with Darrington.
You can check out Daniel’s highlights HERE: