One of the top basketball players in the city will play his college basketball in the city as well.
Caleb Daniels, a senior at St. Augustine, announced Wednesday he plans to play at Tulane.
"Tulane is home," Daniels said. "The role they have me coming in is very fitting for me, and they are ranked 36th in the nation in academics, and you can't beat that. And then I get to be a part of coach (Mike) Dunleavy's first recruiting class, and being coached by him is an honor. He is a coach who can get me to the next level."
The versatile Daniels, a 6-foot-4 high-flying guard/forward, averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Purple Knights and led the team to the Division I semifinals. He was named to the second team on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A all-state team. Coaches in the Catholic League also voted him Most Valuable Player in the district.
"Caleb gets all of the attention, and he should, because in my opinion he's the best player in our district," Brother Martin coach Chris Biehl said in March before the team's game in the state tournament. "And if not the best, one of the best in the city of New Orleans."
Daniels said he expects to play shooting guard for the Wave.
Daniels also considered Louisiana-Lafayette, UNO, Texas State, Rice, VCU, and UNC-Asheville.
"Tulane is just a really good fit," Daniels said.
Daniels is the fourth newcomer, and first local player, to commit to the Wave this year.
Bul Ajang and Buay Koka, both natives of South Sudan, have already signed. Henri Langton, from the United Kingdom, has verbally committed.
Ajang, a 6-foot-10 forward, and Koka, a 7-foot center, play at prep school powerhouse The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey, and signed in November.
Ajang, rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN, also drew interest from Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Auburn.
Daniels hasn't scheduled a date for when he will sign and make his commitment official, but said he is solid on his choice.
"I'm relieved it's over with," he said.