The Pac-12 announced the 2017 class of the Basketball Hall of Honor Thursday, and Carlos Daniel was WSU’s selection. Daniel, a dominant post player for the Cougs, holds six spots in the top 15 of WSU’s career record book.
From 1994-1998 Daniel played at Washington State, and led the team in blocks each season. He averaged 1.2 blocks per game over his career and has the third most all time for the Cougars. While always a formidable defender, Daniel took on a larger offensive role later in his career.
As a junior, he increased his scoring from 9.5 to 15.2 points per game and took four more shots each contest. Daniel was even better as a senior and led WSU in points, rebounds and blocks per game. He also worked hard in the classroom and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team three times.
After graduating from WSU in 1998, Daniel tried out for the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns but was unable to make it to the NBA. However, he did enjoy a successful career overseas before turning to coaching.
Daniel progressed through the strength and condition coaching ranks before becoming the director of athletic performance for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. It appears that he currently works at SMU as a strength coach, and you can watch an interview with him from 2015 here.
Daniel and 11 others will be inducted on Friday, March 10 at a ceremony prior to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball tournament in Las Vegas. The players will also be honored on court during the games.
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