Tennessee just got some major help in the scoring department with the addition of the NCAA’s leading scorer from the 2015-16 season.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, James Daniel will play his last collegiate season for Rick Barnes at Tennessee.
The 6-foot, 175-pound guard Daniel averaged 27.1 points per game two seasons ago at Howard before only playing two games last season because of a left ankle injury that required surgery in March.
Daniel, who will be eligible to play next season as a graduate transfer, was also considering Ohio State, Michigan and DePaul.
“It came down to the relationship with Coach Barnes, the rest of the staff and the environment,” Daniel told ESPN. “I think that Tennessee is ready to win right now.”
Last season, Tennessee finished 16-16 overall and 8-10 in SEC play. The Vols were seventh in the SEC in points per game (74.5) and 11th in field-goal percentage (42.2).
During his standout season with the Bison of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Hampton, Va., native led the team to a 12-20 record. Howard’s season ended after a narrow 68-66 loss to North Carolina Central in the first round of the MEAC Tournament.
Daniel posted nine games with 30 points or more, including a season-high 39 against William & Mary, a game that saw Daniel drain the game-winning 3-pointer in a 79-77 victory.