James Daniel Named MEAC Tournament Rookie of the Year

Ed Hill, Howard University Information Officer | 3/19/2014, 3 p.m.
Howard guard James "J-Byrd" Daniel fights for possession of the basketball in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game against North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on March 7 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. NCCU defeated Howard 92-46. Yusuf Abdullah

Norfolk, Va. — James “J-Byrd” Daniel has been named the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year by conference coaches and sports information directors.

The 5-foot-11 freshman guard from Phoebus High School (Hampton, Va.), led the MEAC in scoring with 21.7 points per game and in three pointers made (3.36). He ranks 11th in scoring – the highest among all freshmen – and seventh in three pointers made per game.

Daniel scored 20 or more points in 12 games this season, and 30 or more in four. He also netted a career-high 38 points against Hampton and scored in double digits in every game he played.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” Daniel said. “It is always good to get individual awards, but without my teammates and the support of the coaching staff, I would not have been able to receive this. It is a great honor.”

Howard head coach Kevin Nickelberry, who first saw Daniel play as a sixth grader when he coached at Hampton, says that the award is a credit to his young player.

“Obviously, it is a big honor for him,” Nickelberry said. “It is a credit to him and the hard work and dedication that he put in. He is a player with great character and an outstanding work ethic. I am sure that he will receive even more awards in the future. We are looking forward to him having a great career.”

Daniel was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division 1 District 15 All-MEAC second team, the All-MEAC All-third team and to The Best Achievers in College Basketball 2013-14 freshman class by The Bleacher Report. The honorees are selected based on their unexpected success during the season.