June 10, 2005
GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado men's basketball head coach Craig Rasmuson announced the signing of Dorian McDaniel (Culver City, Calif./Westchester H.S.) to a national letter of intent on Friday. McDaniel, the seventh and final signing for the Bears this year, will join the program beginning in the 2005-06 season.
"Dorian is the definition of a `sleeper' recruit," said Rasmuson. "He played in one of the best programs in the country and is an extremely versatile player who has a great competitive spirit. He is tough and athletic and very good defensively. He is a great recruit for our program."
McDaniel (6'5, 210, SF) averaged nine points and five rebounds per game as a senior after averaging 12 points, 9 rebounds and three assists per game as a junior for coach Ed Azzam. In 2004, played at the Five Star Camp in Pittsburgh, where he received the "Best Performance" award at the camp's all-star game. Prior to playing at Westchester, McDaniel spent his freshman season at Loyola High School. An excellent student, McDaniel was awarded his team's Scholar Athlete of the Year award.
McDaniel spent the past three seasons at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, which is one of the top prep programs in the country. In 2004-05, the Comets finished 25-3 overall, won the CIF Division I State Championship (defeating Serra 66-45 in the title game) and were ranked No. 2 nationally in USA Today's Super 25 Boys Basketball poll. The team also featured McDonald's All-American and Louisville signee Amir Johnson as well as four others who signed with a Division I team. Westchester has won three state titles in the past four seasons. Over the past few seasons that program has produced players such as Trevor Ariza (UCLA/New York Knicks) and Hassan Adams (Arizona).
Dorian, the son of James and Hannelore McDaniel, plans to major in biology/chemistry at Northern Colorado. Dorian's father James is an actor who has appeared in many television and movies roles, including spending nine seasons on the television show NYPD Blue.
McDaniel joins a class that includes Charles Carter (Pasadena, Calif./John Muir H.S.), Marcus Frye (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.), Darren Jefferies (Suitland, Md./Allen County C.C.), Cory Lowe (San Quentin, Calif./Mt. Hood C.C.), Cedric Owens and Austin Theis (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rampart H.S.), who have all signed earlier this year with the Bears.
Northern Colorado completed its second year of a four-year reclassification process to Division I in 2004-05. The Bears were 8-21 overall against one of the toughest schedules in the country, as they played 10 teams that advanced into postseason competition (8 NCAA Tournament and 2 NIT teams). Northern Colorado returns nine players from last year's team for the 2005-06 season including Kirk Archibeque, who led the team in scoring (12.2) and rebounding (6.0) as a redshirt freshman. The Bears will compete as a Division I Independent once again in 2005-06 before joining the Big Sky Conference in 2006-07.
* Played three seasons at Westchester High School for coach Ed Azzam.
* This past season the Comets were 25-3, won the CIF Division I State Championship and were ranked No. 2 nationally in USA Today's Super 25 Poll. Westchester has won three of the last four state championships.
* Including McDaniel, six players from his high school team signed with a Division I team to play basketball next season.
* Averaged nine points and five rebounds per game his senior year and 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists his junior season.
* Played in Five Star Camp in Pittsburg in the summer of 2004, earning the Best Performance awards at the camp's all-star game.
* Excellent student; won team's Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 2004-05.
* Son of James and Hannelore McDaniel. Plans to major in chemistry/biology at Northern Colorado.
Northern Colorado head coach Craig Rasmuson (left, pictured with Gonzaga coach Mark Few) announced the signing of Dorian McDaniel to a national letter of intent on Friday.