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NC State to get visit from former Utah guard

Utah guard Devon Daniels (3) shoots against Washington forward Noah Dickerson, right, on Jan. 21, 2017, in Seattle. Daniels is visiting N.C. State on Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Utah guard Devon Daniels (3) shoots against Washington forward Noah Dickerson, right, on Jan. 21, 2017, in Seattle. Daniels is visiting N.C. State on Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) AP

When Devon Daniels left Utah at the end of March, he said he was looking for a “fresh start.”

That might be N.C. State for Daniels. The 6-5, 200-pound guard will visit the campus on Monday. The versatile player from Battle Creek, Mich., averaged 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a freshman last season.

Under NCAA rules, he would have to sit out the 2017-18 season but would have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Daniels started 26 games for the Utes last season and had a season-high 24 points in an late January home win over Washington. He scored in double-digits in seven of the Pac-12 games. He was suspended for three conference games near the end of the regular season for what Utah described as “conduct detrimental to the team,” according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Daniels returned for a home loss to California and then a first-round NIT loss to Boise State. On March 31, the school announced he was going to transfer.

“It was definitely hard, because I love my teammates,” Daniels told the Tribune. “The coaches taught me a lot. But I talked with my family and the coaches, and we thought it would be best for both parties. For the Utes and me.”

N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts has added freshman guard Lavar Batts and guard Al Freeman, a grad transfer from Baylor, but still has five available scholarships. Forwards Ted Kapita and Omer Yurtseven, who both declared for the NBA draft but did not hire an agent, could still return.

Guard Terry Henderson has applied to the NCAA for a sixth-year waiver.

Even if all three come back, Keatts still has two open spots. The addition of Daniels would help offset the loss of Freeman, who only has one year of eligibility.

Daniels was a three-star recruit out of Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif. and ranked No. 168 in the class of 2016 by 247Sports’ composite ratings.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio

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