Vanderbilt's basketball and baseball programs both have hopes to add new recruits to their respective programs this week. Here's the inside scoop on who they have on their radar, and how they fit with the recruits they signed last fall.[details]
2004 (Sophomore): Played in 33 games without a start... Averaged 13.2 minutes... Posted a career-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, against Central Michigan (12/20)... Made a career-high five 3-pointers and dropped in 15 points against Dayton (12/29)... Led Vanderbilt in steals four times, in assists and blocks twice and scoring once... Named to 2005 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
2003 (Freshman): Played in 29 of 33 games without a start, averaging 7.9 minutes... Made 42.6 percent of his three-point attempts (20-of-47)... Hit go-ahead 3-pointer against Kentucky (1/31/04) with 2:20 remaining to help propel the Commodores to a 66-60 victory... Scored a season-high 12 points on a season-high four 3-pointers at TCU (1/3/04)... Produced 11 points and four rebounds with three treys against Lehigh (12/30/03)... Recorded six points against Tennessee State (12/10), including two 3-pointers... Posted five points against UT-Martin, making one 3-pointer and two free throws... Suffered a sprained ankle in practice (3/2/04) and sat out the Tennessee (3/3/04), Georgia (3/6/04) and Ole Miss (3/11/04) games.
Personal: Full name is Daniel Robert Cage… Nickname is “D.C.”… Born Jan. 5, 1985 in Houston, Texas… Son of Vickie Bastnagel and Keith Cage… Stepmother is Missi Cage… Stepfather is Phil Bastnagel… Has five siblings including Greg (19), Ramiro (11) and Alex (6) and sisters Brittany (15) and Maria (5)… Alex and Maria were adopted from Guatemala… Majoring in Economics… Five high school classmates who play Division One athletics include Ryan Baker (football at Purdue), Troy Barnes (baseball at Butler), Mike Dury (baseball at Notre Dame), A.J. Prickel (baseball at Purdue), and Marques Presley (football at Western Kentucky)… Named Academic All-State by the Kiwanis Club, Indianapolis Star, Associated Press, and Coaches’ Poll… Advice to youngsters is “Work hard, play hard, and pray hard… Chose Vanderbilt over Utah, Rhode Island, and West Virgnia. High School: McDonald’s All-America nominee... Was the first player from his high school to be selected for the Indiana High School All-Stars team that annually plays the Kentucky High School All-Stars... Finished his four-year career with 1,116 points... As a senior, led his high school to a 22-2 record and the school’s first 3A state championship... Averaged 18.8 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals per game as a senior for the Trojans... As a senior, was named Associated Press All-State, Indianapolis Star First-Team All-State, Hoosier Basketball Magazine First-Team All-State, Indianapolis Star Player of the Year, Star North Player of the Year, All-City First Team and Class 3A State Finals MVP... As a junior, averaged 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists while leading his high school to a 14-9 record and a state sectional championship... Also as a junior, was named named First-Team All-State and All-City by both the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Coaches Association... Also as a junior, was named Second-Team All-State by Hoosier Basketball Magazine and All-City Second Team... Earned MVP honors at the 2002 Ohio Cage Classic Tournament and helped lead his AAU squad to the adidas Big Time Tournament... Named team captain as a senior and was a two-time team MVP and Player of the Year... Coached in basketball by Dan Archer... Earned two varsity letters in soccer.