Daniels had played in just three games this season as he dealt with a hamstring injury in the early going. Head coach Jim Larranaga said Daniels had taken the leave to work on his academics and had been practicing with the team for a couple days before he departed for good.
Guard Shane Larkin told the South Florida Sun Sentinel he thought Daniels was doing better but had a number of issues to deal with.
"I know he was going through a lot of things with school, family, basketball, a lot of things," Larkin told the Sun Sentinel. "He's doing a lot better. We have a class together and we just took our exam and he seemed like he was back to his old ways — just being a joker saying jokes and clowning around."
Daniels averaged just short of 17 minutes per game but hadn't played since Miami's win over the Jacksonville Dolphins on Nov. 16.