UNCG receives NLI commitment from point guard Daniel Oliver
GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro men’s basketball coach Mike Dement announced Wednesday the commitment of Daniel Oliver on the first day of the National Letter of Intent’s late signing period.
He is the fourth signee that will enroll at UNCG next fall. The Spartans received signed NLIs during the November early signing period from 6-8 forward DeAngelo Jackson (Angier, NC/Harnett Central Prep), 6-7 forward Darrius Sellers (Smyrna, GA/Charis Prep [NC]) and 6-1 guard Landon Clement (Raleigh, NC/Sanderson HS). Clement was a second-team All-Area selection at Sanderson this season with the team recording a 20-7 mark. He averaged 20.0 ppg.
The 5-10 Oliver is the first male basketball player at Orlando Christian Prep to sign with a Division I program. At the end of his senior season, Oliver had his jersey retired at OCP. He led his team to a 25-5 mark last season and earned third-team all-state honors in Class 1A.
The Orlando, FL, native averaged 22.3 points per game to go along with 4.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per contest as a senior. He was a three-time all-county and four-time all-district selection during his high school career. For his five-year career at OCP, he scored exactly 2,000 points and recorded 690 assists and 525 rebounds. His points and assists are both school records at OCP. He was ranked the No. 2 senior point guard in the state of Florida and the 14th-best in the state’s senior class according to Breakdown Magazine.
“This young man is truly amazing not only from an athletic standpoint, but from a personal standpoint as well,” said Oliver’s coach at OCP, Tony Busby. “He continues to get better on and off the court. His ability to score, defend, and find the open man truly defines him as a diamond in the rough. Daniel understands that education is one of the true keys to success.”
During his summer AAU season, Oliver averaged better than 30 points per game and recorded three games of better than 40 points, including a 51-point and 53-point performance.
“Daniel is a clever point guard who can score and set people up with quickness and penetration,” said Dement. “He is a good kid coming from a well-coached program under Tony Busby. “With Dwayne Johnson entering his senior year, we will look for Daniel to come in and compete against, as well as take advantage of the opportunity to learn from Dwayne with all of his experience.”
Clement was a second-team All-Area selection at Sanderson this season with the team recording a 20-7 mark. He averaged 20.0 ppg., including a 37-point performance against Leesville Road on February 13. He scored in double figures in 25 of 27 games this season.
Jackson was rated one of the Top 75 seniors in North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer prior to the start of the year despite moving from Washington state this summer. He helped his team to a 14-11 mark this past season, averaging 10.0 ppg. He had a season-high 19 points against South Johnston on February 14, one of 11 double figure scoring games he had on the year.
Sellers just completed his second season at Charis Prep, where he averaged a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds per game this past season.
The Spartans return nine players off of this year’s 16-14 squad and will gain the services of redshirt Omar Jones. Among four returning starters will be All-American candidate Kyle Hines. The 6-6 forward from Sicklerville, NJ earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors and was the Southern Conference Player of the Year last year. He will begin his senior year just 55 points shy of the school’s all-time scoring record.
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