Syriah Daniels has probably dreamed of having the chance to wear her parents’ orange and blue growing up.
Call it a dream come true.
The Auburn High hoops standout, and daughter of former Auburn University men’s basketball star Marquis Daniels, has picked up a scholarship offer from new AU women’s basketball coach Johnnie Harris, she announced Thursday on social media.
Her mother is Shana Askew Daniels, who played for the Auburn women’s basketball program from 1997-2001.
Syriah Daniels is just a rising sophomore. She’s been targeted by Harris as a piece to the puzzle for the future of Auburn women’s basketball as a member of the class of 2024 — and one who could carry on a legendary legacy with the Tigers.
Syriah Daniels helped lead Auburn High to the state’s Final Four this spring. The high school Tigers rolled to an area championship and reached the Class 7A state semifinals in the playoffs.
Marquis Daniels was a standout at Auburn from 1999-2003, helping take the Tigers to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament in 2003 before embarking on a successful 10-year NBA career.
Marquis Daniels is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach with the AU men’s basketball program under Bruce Pearl.
Meanwhile, Syriah Daniels has been a rising star with Auburn High, taking on a big role on the varsity team starting in the eighth grade, competing in the largest classification in the AHSAA. Even at her young age, she has been offered by Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.
Harris, who joined Auburn University this offseason, has jumped on board with an offer as well.
Harris came to Auburn after serving as an assistant coach at Mississippi State during that program’s rise to prominence in the SEC in women’s basketball. She also served as an assistant under decorated longtime coach Gary Blair at Texas A&M.
On the recruiting trail at Auburn she’s picked up transfer Xaria Wiggins from Mississippi State and signed JUCO prospect Paris Mullins from Butler Community College.