Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-8 / 191 lbs
School/Club: San Diego State
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 01/31/1998

About Jalen McDaniels

Jalen McDaniels is a tall, lanky forward with budding inside-outside scoring ability and playmaking ability on the defensive end.  Widely regarded as a top-175 prospect in the high school class of 2016 coming out of Federal Way High School, McDaniels redshirted his first year at San Diego State before putting together a solid freshman season averaging 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game under first year head coach Brian Dutcher.  Showing growth in several areas as a third-year sophomore, the Seattle-area native averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game to earn All-Mountain West 2nd Team honors and help the Aztecs to 21 wins.

Younger brother, Jaden McDaniels, is considered one of the top high school players in the country. 

  • Possesses terrific size for a forward measured at 6'9.75 in shoes with a 7'0.25 wingspan and a lean 192-pound frame at the Draft Combine.  Rangy athlete with good feet and room to get stronger.
  • Served as the offensive focal point of a San Diego State team known for its gritty defense.  Still coming into his own as a scorer and decisions makes, but contributed in a variety of ways flashing the ability to use his length and athleticism around the rim, make jump shots with impressive consistency from midrange spots, improved consistency as a floor spacer, and the ability to create his own shot one-on-one from the inside and out.

Defensive Analysis

  • Diligent defender who will make some impactful plays blocking shots, crashing the glass, and moving his feet on the perimeter.  Has intriguing versatility—especially if his frame and game mature to allow him to be more physical.  More adept at getting in the passing lanes than protecting the rim.  Too aggressive with his hands at times leading to foul trouble.
  • Allowed 0.727 points per Post Up possession [68th percentile] and 0.538 points per Isolation possession[82nd percentile] finding quite a bit of success defending both inside and away from the rim.

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 NABC All-District First Team selection.
  • Named to the 2019 Mountain West All-Tournament team.
  • 2017-18 All-MWC Third Team choice by the media and Honorable Mention by the coaches.
  • Declared a redshirt for the 2016-17 season. 

Sophomore (2018-19)

  • Ranked second on San Diego State in scoring (15.9 ppg) and first in rebounding (8.3 rpg).
  • Made the second-most two-point field goals (188) in the MWC and ranked among the top 10 in total free throws made and attempted.
  • Tied for 48th nationally in double-doubles with 11.
  • Two-time Mountain West Player of the Week.
  • Recorded 30 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and four assists against UNLV (Jan. 26), the first player to reach those totals in a game since Ben Simmons in December 2015. 


  • Long, mobile and agile.
  • Plays with energy and passion.
  • Athletic finisher and outstanding rim runner.
  • Shows potential as a face-up shooter. 


  • Brother, Jaden, is a blue-chip High School prospect who recently committed to Washington.
  • Cousin of former NBA All-Star Juwan Howard, who was coached by SDSU coach Brian Dutcher as an assistant at Michigan. 

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