Daniel
Gafford
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6-11 / 238 lbs
School/Club: Arkansas
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 10/01/1998

About Daniel Gafford

Daniel Gafford is a long, athletic big man who scored efficiently inside and flashed intriguing potential as a shot blocker as a sophomore at Arkansas. A consensus top-40 prospect in the high school class of 2017 at El Dorado High School, Gafford made an instant impact for the Razorbacks averaging 11.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The Arkansas native opted to return for his sophomore year showing improvement in a bigger role averaging 16.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game to earn All-SEC 1st Team honors.

Chris Dortch feature: Gafford knows he has work to do to become complete player

  • Possesses very good size and length for a center measuring 6-foot-11 in shoes with a 7-foot-2 wingspan and an improved but still lean 238-pound frame. Good athlete with a nice combination of explosiveness and mobility. 

  • Played a significant role for a young Arkansas team serving as their focal point in the post and most efficient option in close.

Defensive Analysis 

  • Still maturing defensively and as a rebounder, but has some natural ability as a rim protector that shines when he’s dialed in. Consistency and fundamentals on the perimeter are a work in progress, but physical tools give him intriguing upside. 

  • Allowed only 0.733 points per Post Up possession (67th percentile) as his tools allow him to hold his own inside.   

Career Highlights

  • Voted 2018-19 AP Honorable Mention All-American.
  • 2018-19 All-SEC First Team selection by both coaches and media and an SEC All-Defensive Team choice.
  • Top-10 finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for the best center in the nation.
  • Ranks second in Arkansas history in field goal percentage (63.5).
  • 2017-18 SEC All-Freshman Team selection. 

Sophomore (2018-19)

  • Led the SEC in field goal percentage (66.0).
  • Ranked fourth in the SEC in scoring (16.9 ppg), second in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and third in blocks (2.03 bpg).
  • Second Razorback to be named All-SEC First Team and All-Defensive First Team in the same season.
  • Two-time SEC Player of the Week.
  • Scored a career-high 32 points against LSU (Jan. 12).
  • Recorded 19 second-half points on 9-for-10 shooting against Indiana (Nov. 18).
  • Went 7-for-7 from the field against national runner-up Texas Tech (Jan. 26). 

Strengths

  • Very mobile and bouncy for his size.
  • Plays above the rim with ease.
  • Shows potential as a rim protector.
  • Wants to further develop mid-range jump shot. 

Personal

  • Was regarded as a potential first-round pick in 2018 but elected to return to school.
  • Has added yoga to his workout regime. 

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