|14 Erik Daniels
Will compete to return to his starting position ... Blossomed last season in his starting role ... Known for his efficient passing skills and "old school" style.
Played in 32 games as a junior, earning 28 starting assignments ... Missed the first four games of the season after playing on two summer league teams, a violation of NCAA rules ... Returned to the court against North Carolina in early December, connecting on all four of his shots for nine points, five rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes ... Earned his first start of the year against Indiana on Dec. 21 ... Battling a painfully infected swollen gland against Ole Miss, exploded for 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting in 30 minutes ... Matched his career high with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting against Vanderbilt ...Topped 60.0 percent shooting 13 times on the season ... Had a career-best 10 rebounds against LSU on Feb. 15.
Played in 29 games in 2002 with one start at Florida ... Finished the regular season ranked fourth in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio: 2:1 ... Compiled 36 assists and 19 turnovers as a sophomore to earn the team's new "Best Assist-to-Turnover Ratio" award ... Had a solid effort against Valparaiso in the NCAA Tournament, finishing with six points and five rebounds on 3-for-4 shooting and added two assists and a steal ... Was 4-of-6 from the field against South Carolina in the SEC Tournament, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes ... Recorded eight rebounds against Auburn, including five offensive boards ... Also added four points and matched his career best with four assists ... Followed with an eight-point, three-rebound performance against Alabama in just 17 minutes.
Played in every game but the season opener ... Came off the bench to score 11 points at Arkansas (2/25/01), then followed with 11 vs. Auburn while grabbing six rebounds ... Scored in double figures seven times and led the Cats in scoring twice ... Shot 56.6% from the field and averaged 5.2 ppg ... Hit his first nine shots of his collegiate career over a three-game period ... Scored a team-high 19 points in 22 minutes against Jacksonville State in his hometown of Cincinnati, hitting all three field goals and 12-of-14 free throws ... Followed up with a team-high 16 points vs. Penn State ... Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 10 and began practicing Nov. 3 ... His first collegiate appearance came one week later in the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, where he played nine first-half minutes vs. UCLA, hitting three shots, including a three-pointer, and added one free throw to tally eight points and two rebounds ... Received the team's Most Courageous Award for his successful return from injury.
Lettered two years for the Vikings' varsity squad, guiding Princeton to the 2000 sectional championship game and a 17-5 record ... Averaged 20.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, five assists and 2.7 steals per game as a senior to lead the Vikings to the Greater Miami Conference Championship for the second time in three years ... He was a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection and an All-State pick ... Grew nine inches during his high school career ... Chose the Cats over Michigan, Temple and Clemson ... Played for Coach Paul Andrews.
Born on April 1, 1982 in Lincoln Heights, Ohio...Son of David and Carmen Daniels ...Major is kinesiology.
Smith on Daniels
"Erik had a breakout year last year. He doesn't make spectacular plays, but he does a lot of things well. Once he improves his outside shooting he'll be a real force. He was a big reason we were such a good passing team last year. He'll need to become more physical because we'll play him at power forward like we did last year. Erik has gotten a lot stronger over the summer and I think he will have a good year."
Full Name: Erik Christopher Daniels
Birth Date: April 1, 1982
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Parents: Carmen and David Daniels
High School Coach: Paul Andrews
High School Mascot: Vikings
Questions and Answers
My most exciting win was: The Florida home game last year
The best player I've ever played against was: Dwayne Wade
I picked my jersey number because: My father always wore #14
My favorite sports announcer is: Bill Walton
The most important thing I've learned since I came to Kentucky is: `Carpé Diem' - Seize the day
The toughest arena I've ever played in is: Arkansas's Bud Walton Arena
My dream date is: Megan Goode
My shoe size is: 15
My all-time favorite movie is: All About the Benjamins
The last DVD I purchased was: Friday After Next
If I could switch places with a person for a day, it would be: R Kelly
My favorite all-time sporting event I saw on TV was: UK vs. LSU football game last year
Not many people know this but I: Am the best on the team at playing video games
The place that I'd most like to visit is: Amsterdam
I first picked up a basketball at age: Three
The CD that is currently in my player is: R Kelly - Chocolate Factory
My Derby horse would be named: Lil' Diddy
The team I would most like to see on our schedule is: Cincinnati
I love: My Momma
Year G-S Min.-Avg. FG-A Pct. 3FG-A Pct. FT-A Pct. Reb.-Avg. PF-D AT TO BS St TP-Avg.
00-01 33-0 427-12.9 64-113 .566 5-18 .278 38-63 .603 85-2.6 38-0 26 31 7 10 171-5.2
01-02 30-1 391-13.0 46-100 .418 3-19 .158 17-31 .548 86-2.9 44-1 36 19 3 14 112-3.7
02-03 32-28 819-25.6 136-240 .567 4-13 .308 29-46 .630 156-4.9 62-0 71 49 14 32 305-9.5
Totals 95-29 1637-17.2 246-463 .531 12-50 .240 84-140 .600 327-3.4 144-1 133 99 24 56 588-6.2
Daniels' Career Highs
Points 20 Twice
FG Made 10 Ole Miss 2/8/03
FG Atts 15 Tennessee St. 12/30/02
3FG Made 2 Twice
3FG Atts 3 Three times
FT Made 12 Jacksonville St. 11/21/00
FT Atts 14 Jacksonville St. 11/21/00
Rebounds 10 LSU 2/15/03
Assists 7 Tennessee St. 12/30/02
Turnovers 5 Ohio 1/4/03
Blocks 2 Three times
Steals 3 Five times
Minutes 34 South Carolina 1/11/03