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Transfer guard Devon Daniels picks NC State and the ‘real dudes’

Devon Daniels, left, announced on Saturday he’s transferring to NC State.
Devon Daniels, left, announced on Saturday he’s transferring to NC State. AP

Devon Daniels grew up in Michigan, spent a year of high school in California and a year of college in Utah.

The 6-5, 200-pound guard will continue his college basketball career at N.C. State. The reason, Daniels said Saturday, is pretty easy.

He visited N.C. State earlier this month and was impressed by coach Kevin Keatts and assistant Takayo Siddle.

“They’re real dudes,” Daniels said.

Under NCAA rules, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season but will have three years of eligibility.

There are more reasons, of course, for Daniels’ decision but there’s no reason to make it complicated.

Daniels averaged 9.9. points and 4.6 rebounds per game for Utah last season as a freshman. In search of a fresh start, he decided to leave the Utes in March.

One of the first coaches to contact him was Keatts. The more he learned about Keatts, who spent the previous three seasons at UNC-Wilmington, the more he liked.

“He likes to run a lot and play fast,” Daniels said.

UNLV, Wake Forest and San Diego State had also shown interest in Daniels but Keatts’ system felt like the right fit, he said.

The move to North Carolina will be a new one for Daniels but he’s ready for a new challenge after a season in the Pac-12.

He’s also ready to learn more about the Wolfpack program.

“I watched the ‘30 for 30’ on the ’83 championship team,” Daniels said. “That’s a great story.”

Daniels said his primary goal for the season he has to sit out is to improve his 3-point shot. Daniels was 14 of 35 from the 3-point last season for the Utes.

Daniels had some standout moments for Utah last season. He scored a season-high 24 points in a 94-72 home win over Washington on Feb. 11.

He had a four-game Pac-12 stretch in January where he scored double-digits against Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and USC.

“I always want to play against the highest competition,” Daniels said.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio