Thursday, June 21, 2012

Gone Camping: Daniel and Canaan Hit the Road

As if team summer workouts weren't enough, both senior PG Isaiah Canaan and senior PF/C Ed Daniel have accepted invites to NBA workout camps occurring June 21-23 in Chicago, Ill.

Canaan, who finished his All-American junior year averaging 19.2 ppg, 3.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game, will be one of ten (possibly 12) up-and-coming point guards attending Brooklyn Nets PG Deron Williams Camp.

Alongside now-departed SG Donte Poole, Canaan was one of the most feared backcourt players in the NCAA last season. Canaan blistered opponents last season, shooting a ludicrous 47 percent from the field and 46 percent behind the arc, all while playing terrific defense and distributing the rock with authority. Returning for his senior season, Canaan is expected to be a top 25 player in the NCAA and lead the Racers back to the NCAA Tournament.

A star at Illinois, Deron Williams is entering his eighth year in the NBA and is one of the premiere players at his position. A pure scorer both at the hoop and behind the arc, Williams is also a steals and dimes machine, averaging 9 assists per game and a steal per game for his career.

While Daniel is known more for his nasty dunks, solid rebounding and ridiculously incredible afro, his post defense and precision at the rim began to turn heads at the end of the season, especially against Marquette. His ostentatious play garnered an invitation to join New York Knicks PF/C Amar'e Stoudemire's Camp.

In what was currently the most important game in his college career, Daniel shined on national television by recording 14 rebounds against Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder and rejecting two shots in lighting fast transition defense. Daniel finished last season averaging 6.8 ppg on 58 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

Drafted straight out of high school, Stoudemire began his NBA career in Mike D'Antoni's system alongside Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns, and then followed him to the New York Knicks to be his centerpiece player. A force in the paint on both ends of the court, Stoudemire is entering his 11th year averaging 21.6 ppg and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Both Canaan and Daniel are expected to learn new workouts, offensive and defensive techniques and skills drills to improve their talents and hone some of the weaker skills in their game.

Camps begin Thursday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. for college invitees and are closed to the public. Media will be allowed in on Saturday evening for questioning.


  1. I'm so ready for November to get here, can't wait to see how much these two will have improved

  2. Garrett, too. I've heard some rumors he's headed overseas to improve his game, kind of like what Slim Easley did.

  3. Daniel was a monster in that game. Really played like a man on fire. Good article, Ed. Keep up the good work.

  4. We're gonna need Garrett and Mushatt. Erik McCree will help the forward possition too but our front court is what really concerns me this year.

  5. Basketball season needs to hurry up