Prospect Profile: K.J. McDaniels

In-depth look at the draft prospect out of Clemson

"This was not an easy decision, but I am excited to take the next step toward fulfilling my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA," McDaniels said.


Basics

Height Weight Wingspan Position College Hometown
6'6" 200 6'11.25" Forward Clemson Mobile, Alabama

Collegiate Career

Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2011-12 30 10.1 44 97 .454 22 38 .579 1.8 0.2 0.3 0.7 119 3.9
2012-13 28 27.5 109 252 .433 54 79 .684 5.0 0.8 1.1 2.1 304 10.9
2013-14 36 33.7 209 455 .459 154 183 .842 7.1 1.6 1.1 2.8 614 17.1
Totals 94 24.3 362 804 .450 230 300 .767 4.8 0.9 0.9 1.9 1035 11.0

Three-point field goals: 2011-12, 7-for-25 (.280); 2012-13, 32-for-96 (.333); 2013-14, 42-for-138 (.304). Totals: 81-for-259 (.313).


Accolades

  • Ranks seventh in Clemson history in total blocks.
  • Finished 24th in country in blocks per game (2.8) as a junior.
  • Earned All-ACC honors and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award.
  • Led the Tigers in points (614), rebounds (255), blocks (100), steals (41) and three-pointers (42) his junior year - the only player in the country to lead is team in all five categories.

Strengths

Excellent leaper and shot-blocker. A force on the defensive end. Strong finisher. Has developed into a quality free throw shooter. Willing to throw his body around and mix it up inside.


Quotes

"McDaniels was barely a top-150 prospect coming out of high school. Three years later, he's the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a likely first-round pick."

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports College Basketball Insider

"NBA teams love to see a player stay in school, work on his game, while making steady improvement. McDaniels improvement hasn't just been steady; it's been sensational."

Peter Bukowski, Sports Illustrated

"A player deserving of more attention is Clemson's K.J. McDaniels, averaging 16 pts, 7 rebs, 3 blks. Terrific at LeBron Academy and since."

Jay Bilas, ESPN Insider


Projections

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23 23 22 After First Round

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