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Introducing Tyler McDaniels

The latest addition to the Hawaii basketball team has arrived.

Tyler McDaniels, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, said he will enroll in classes at UH next month and plans to join the Warriors for the 2011-12 season.

McDaniels has been touring the campus and shooting baskets with current Warriors Zane Johnson and Pi’i Minns this week. However, his roster spot cannot be made official until he enrolls at UH.

“I’m here now trying to make the Warrior basketball team,” he said.

McDaniels is the son of Hawaii assistant coach Benjy Taylor.

McDaniels averaged 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season at Georgia Perimeter College. He will have two seasons of eligibility at UH.

Several other programs were recruiting McDaniels, including Wichita State, Georgia State and Duquesne, but he said he opted for Hawaii for family reasons.

“To be with my family, really,” he said. “After (Taylor) told me it was a great environment, I talked to Coach Gib (Arnold) on the phone and he seemed to be a real cool dude … I think this is a good spot for me.”

7 Comments

  1. welcome aboard tyler!

  2. Yes welcome Tyler, must be an incredible experience to have your dad as a coach.
    Think this kid will really contribute.

  3. E komo mai, Tyler! You’re about the same size as Bill Amis (you can put on another 15 pounds by going to Rainbow Drive In and hitting the weight room!). His departure will be a big loss for the team so if you can help fill his shoes I’m sure there will be a place and some PT for you. Been enjoying what coach Arnold, your dad, and the rest of the staff have done for the program. Imua!

  4. Nice added size and depth to the frontcourt. Gives the coaching staff options to possibly redshirt Biggs and/or Stevens this year. Great collection of players this on this year’s team, I think they’re gonna be very exciting to watch!!

  5. Great! Can’t wait for the first tip-off.

  6. So is Tyler a scholarship player?

  7. Um, doesn’t look too good having the paint chipped wall in the background. Might send the wrong message about the facilities at UH.

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