Jaden
McDaniels
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-10 / 201 lbs
School/Club: Washington
Status: Freshman
Birthday: 09/29/2000

DRAFT TRADE: The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired the rights to Jaden McDaniels (No. 28 pick) and Danny Green from the Lakers in exchange for Dennis Schroder.

DRAFT TRADE: The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Ricky Rubio and the draft rights to Jaden McDaniels (28th overall) from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for forward James Johnson and the draft rights to Aleksej Pokuševski (17th overall) and Minnesota’s 2024 Second Round Pick.

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About Jaden McDaniels

Jaden McDaniels is a late blooming prospect with significant talent who had some phenomenal flashes of talent as a freshman but is still learning how to impact games consistently.  His brother, Jalen McDaniels, was drafted 52nd overall by the Hornets in the 2019 NBA Draft.  Taking a significant jump forward in the summer before his senior year at Federal Way High School (WA), he finished his prep career regarded as a top-25 prospect in the high school class of 2019 while earning McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American honors.  Heading to play for Head Coach Mike Hopkins at Washington, McDaniels emerged as an x-factor for the Huskies averaging 13 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.  

  • A lanky 6-foot-10 wing with a skinny 200-pound frame and a near 7-foot wingspan, McDaniels has very good size for a forward.  He is a fluid athlete who can play above the rim pretty impressively in space.
     
  • Displaying a budding skill level, McDaniels lacks a degree of consistency, but shows potential as a jump shooter, the ability to create separation off the dribble, and make some heads up passes.  Playing on the ball quite a bit for a forward, McDaniels served as a shot creator in spurts for the Huskies even if he did most of his scoring playing off the ball.  He had some ups and downs over the course of the season but made tough shots in bunches on several occasions.
     
  • Having some impressive moments defensively contesting shots and getting in the passing lanes in Washington’s zone, McDaniels  lacks a degree of strength but shows the ability to apply his length in spots.

Defensive Analysis

  • Possessing the length to contest shots, be a factor in the passing lanes, and even protect the rim some, McDaniels had a number of impressive moments on the defensive end last season in the back line of Washington’s zone.  Lacking a degree of strength at this stage, he was not forced to defend the post frequently not was he charged with guarding one-on-one much on the perimeter.
     
  • Turning in several strong performances on the glass, McDaniels can add value as a rebounder when he is dialed in.

Career Highlights

  • Selected to the 20-player preseason watch list for the 2019-20 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year.
  • Member of the 50-player preseason watch list for the 2019-20 Wooden Award for National Player of the Year.
  • 2018-19 McDonald’s All-American, Jordan Brand Classic selection and Naismith Second Team All-American as a high school senior.

Freshman (2019-20)

  • Averaged 13.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.39 blocks (fifth in Pac-12).
  • Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for March 9 after averaging 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while coming off the bench in a two-game road sweep of Arizona and Arizona State.
  • Scored a career-high 22 points against Ball State (Dec. 22).
  • Blocked a career-best six shots vs. USC (Jan. 5)
  • Posted 18 points and 15 rebounds at Stanford (Jan. 9).
  • Led UW with 19 points and 12 rebounds at USC (Feb. 13).

High school

  • Ranked No. 7 nationally by ESPN and Rivals.com.
  • Averaged 23.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks as a senior.
  • Helped Federal Way to a third-place finish at the 2019 Washington 4A State Championship.

Strengths

  • Intriguing mix of size, skill and agility.
  • Very fluid and light on his feet.
  • Versatile offensive player.
  • Can shoot with range and handle in the open floor.

Personal

  • In high school, was a member of the American Sign Language Club
  • and volunteered on behalf of an elementary school reading initiative.
  • Older brother, Jalen, plays for the Charlotte Hornets.

Quotable

“It’s great playing with someone like Jaden who has length. He’s not a forward; he’s a guard. And he’s a guard with a huge wingspan. He just gives opponents hell, especially playing up top in the 2-3. It’s just crazy.… I saw him just totally shut down an opponent just with moving his feet and his long arms. He’s special.”

-UW teammate Isaiah Stewart