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Player Summary: Caleb Daniels – Sioux Falls Skyforce

Caleb Daniels embraced every role thrown his way in 2023-24.

From an essential player off the bench to start the season, to a starter to end the year, Daniels has made valuable strides in his first year as a pro.

“Caleb has really improved throughout the season,” Skyforce head coach Kasib Powell said. “He’s embraced his roles and I think it’s big for a player to come through that. It’s really going to help his development long term and it’s just been a blessing to be able to see him grow in his first year.”

The Villanova product averaged 12.3 points on 42.9% FG, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 30.1 minutes in 47 total appearances between the Showcase Cup and the regular season.

Daniels made an immediate impact in his first two pro games, totaling 31 points on 11-20 FGA (7-9 3PA), seven rebounds and three assists against Indiana (Nov. 11) and Cleveland (14 November).

He would go on a three-game streak of 20+ points (21 points and eight rebounds on Nov. 28 at Motor City, Showcase Cup with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists at Cleveland on Dec. 1, 20 points on 8-). 13 FGA on Dec. 5 vs. Indiana) to highlight their Showcase Cup.

In 16 games, he averaged 11.0 points on 41.7% FG, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.3 minutes of action.

In the first four contests of the regular season, Daniels scored over 14 points in three games off the bench. During that span, he also added over six rebounds in three games.

During the month of February, after being a regular fixture in the starting lineup, Daniels averaged 17.0 points on 51.4% FG, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per 31.8 minutes in 11 appearances.

“It was a pivotal moment for us,” Powell said of Daniels’ play. “After a couple of calls, we needed to replace the scoring. Caleb came in and was able to increase his production, but also help us stay at the top of the Western Conference playoff race.”

He posted seven 19+ point games, which was highlighted by four 22+ point games from Feb. 13-Feb. 25 (career-high 28 points on 12-18 FGA, 4-8 3P and five assists on Feb. 14 at Texas).

Daniels finished the regular season with 12.9 points on 43.4% FG, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 blocks and steals in 31.5 minutes in 31 games.

“He’s been one of the most consistent players we’ve had all season,” Powell said. “We’re not where we are without Caleb. He may even make a release (in the future).