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Chaise Daniels taking a “personal leave” from the Quinnipiac men’s basketball program

By: Dylan Fearon

Quinnipiac men’s basketball forward Chaise Daniels is taking a personal leave from the program, head coach Baker Dunleavy said in a statement Saturday.

“At this time, Chaise Daniels is taking a personal leave from our men’s basketball team. Our program will continue to support him through this process.”

The statement confirms a report made by Barstool Quinnipiac early Saturday morning, an affiliation of Barstool Sports.

Daniels, a senior, hasn’t had the campaign many expected. Averaging just under 14 points and five rebounds per game in Quinnipiac’s first 10 games (3-7), Daniels was benched Thursday in a loss at Hartford. He only played 13 minutes and just a couple in the second half, while apparently showing his frustration on the bench.

The Meriden, CT product has also seen his minutes go down the last two weeks. Daniels was an Preseason All-MAAC Third Team selection, but has averaged just 19 minutes per game in Quinnipiac’s last four contests.

Part of this might be Baker Dunleavy’s guard-centric system. The ball moves better with Daniels off the court, and he could be frustrated with the lack of playing time.

There was a report back in March, after Quinnipiac guards Mikey Dixon and Peter Kiss announced their intent to transfer, that Daniels would also be leaving, but he came back to finish out his career in Hamden. His final stint might have just ended earlier than people expected.

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