Versatile K.J. McDaniels among latest prospects to workout for Nuggets

Clemson junior led team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals and 3s
by Aaron Lopez

In his final year at Clemson, K.J. McDaniels was basketball’s version of a five-tool player, leading the Tigers in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, steals and 3-pointers.

After his working out for the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, he also mentioned his intangibles.

“I feel I’m an energetic player,” McDaniels said. “I can come off the bench or start and bring the defensive intensity to the team and bring a lot of excitement as well.”

McDaniels, 6-6, 200, was named the 2013-14 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and he has impressed scouts with his athleticism and ability to defend multiple positions with his length and quickness. He currently is projected as a late-first round to early second round pick.

“I’m excited. It’s a blessing to be in this position,” he said. “I’m just going to keep working hard. Wherever I get picked, I’m going to go in and play my hardest.”

The Nuggets have the 11th overall pick in the June 26 NBA Draft, as well as two second-round selections (41 and 56).

McDaniels and Delaware guard Davon Usher were the latest prospects to be put through the paces by the Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

Overall, the Nuggets have now held workouts featuring 20 players.