Photo-realistic Death Valley replica!
K.J. McDaniels taking his talents to the NBA


  by - Senior Writer - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:03 AM
    |

Photo by Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official. Clemson junior swingman K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
Jr. Forward
#32 6-6, 200
Birmingham, AL

View Full Profile
will forego his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft.

McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and had an even 100 blocks this season as he finished his junior season with first-team all-ACC honors and was also named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He has signed with Rivals Sports Group, Premier Sports Management.

TigerNet spoke with K.J.’s mother – Shawn McDaniels – and she said that while her son has grappled with his decision, his mind has been made up for a few weeks.

“We are really excited for K.J. It’s hard for me to grasp that my baby is growing up,” Shawn said. “His dad and I are totally supportive of this move. His dad told him he still has some developing to do, but he will have to do it at the next level. K.J. loves Coach (Brad) Brownell and he loves his teammates, and he is a loyal person. It was a tough decision for him to make.”

She said that K.J. only has 10 semester hours remaining before he graduates, and he will come back to Clemson next summer to complete his degree. She said that David Gebbia of Rivals Sports told her the group would make sure that K.J. completes his degree.

Several mock drafts have McDaniels in the mid-to-late first round, and she said that was what the family is hearing from the NBA.

“Yes, we are hearing somewhere around 19,” Shawn said. “When you go up that high, it really isn’t something that you can pass up. There is a small window of opportunity there, and if you don’t take it then it could be closed for you. You could get injured, and then you don’t know what the next year could hold.”

She then said that this decision is one of the hardest the family has ever made.

“It’s life-changing, unreal, something like a dream come true with a decision like this,” she said. “In choosing whether to go to Alabama or Auburn or Clemson or Florida, it wasn’t that big a decision because we knew we would see him every weekend. We knew he would still be a part of the family, and he would have his bedroom at home. But this decision is ten times bigger than we thought it would be. It is like getting married or having a baby.”

She also said that the family credited Clemson head coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
Head Coach
View Full Profile
and assistants Earl GrantEarl Grant
Assistant Coach
View Full Profile
and Mike Wienecki with K.J.’s development while also saying that her son inherited his father’s basketball genes – Kevin, Sr., played at South Alabama from 1989-91.

“K.J. inherited his dad’s basketball talent,” she said. “You should have seen him in college. People who knew him said he could have played in the NBA, but he didn’t have the right people behind him. K.J. inherited his dad’s talent, and then he surpassed his dad’s talent when he went to Clemson. Coach Brownell and Coach Grant and Coach Wienecki saw something special in him, and they tapped into that and they made him who he is. He has a natural, God-given talent, and they tapped into that and they have taken it to the next level.”


Rate this Story:
6 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    |
  •  
    K.J. McDaniels: I made the right decision - 1 month ago
    Former Clemson swingman K.J. McDaniels didn't get picked until the second round in the NBA Draft, but he still feels like he made the right decision and believes being picked 32nd overall was a good omen. What former 76er met with McDaniels? What does he say about watching the first round and not hearing his name called? Full Story »
  •  
    Moving On: Tanner Smith opens up about his new career - 2 months ago
    Former Clemson basketball player announced his retirement from professional basketball last week, saying that he will begin his coaching career under former Clemson assistant Rick Ray at Miss. St. Why did he make the move? What does he say about the opportunity? Full Story »
  •  
    Hood: What are the options with Jack Leggett? - 2 months ago
    Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich will have a hard decision to make regarding the baseball program. What are the best options? Full Story »
  •  
    Prowl & Growl News and Notes - 2 months ago
    TigerNet catches up with Clemson head coaches Dabo Swinney and Brad Brownell at Monday's Prowl and Growl and has some tidbits to pass along. Full Story »
  •  
    Clemson AD: New contract in the works for Brownell - 3 months ago
    Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell will shortly receive a new contract from Clemson University and Athletic Director Dan Radakovich is working on finalizing plans that would give Brownell and his troops a better place to play. Full Story »

Post your comments
Subject (Replies: 51) Author
New Story: K.J. McDaniels taking his talents to the NBA
TigerNet News®
GOOD LUCK
Jonnybball22®
Re: GOOD LUCK
NJCU
So in 3.5 years, THAT is your contribution here?
tiger_thom®
Re: GOOD LUCK
IBeWriteGood®
Re: GOOD LUCK
SCTIGER2
Re: GOOD LUCK
tigertomw
Re: GOOD LUCK
Whitehurst74®
2 post
talegater
Re: GOOD LUCK
flash75
Best of luck, come back and finish your degree!***
cutigersJD®
For KJ's sake, its the best decision
Prime T. Tiger
Good for him.
TheProdigal
Would those dollars mysteriously disappeared if he had come
CM Shack
Perhaps
tiger_thom®
They would have if he came back and blew an ACL
TheProdigal
True
tiger_thom®
Plus, he will "get better" faster in the NBA than he will
TheProdigal
If he doesn't get an outside shot and a handle, he won't see
CM Shack
How many players who came back last year blew an ACL?***
CM Shack
Re: How many players who came back last year blew an ACL?***
buie32
Re: Would those dollars mysteriously disappeared if he had come
alfatiger
Re: Would those dollars mysteriously disappeared if he had come
tigertomw
Good Luck KJ BUT do not believe a word out of a sports
Coothater®
Re: Good Luck KJ BUT do not believe a word out of a sports
FORESTTIGER
I bet it would be quite a bit more than
TheProdigal
19th last year : Sergey Kasarev
tiger_thom®
Re: Good Luck KJ BUT do not believe a word out of a sports
tigertomw
Why would that have to be in writing
NewEnglandTiger
Not a bitter CU Basketball fan but...
NJCU
Dancing... or, working and making a few $Million? Let me see***
SOLOS®
I think he has more of a chance
Yzracer48
Re: New Story: K.J. McDaniels taking his talents to the NBA
92TigerJohn
Re: New Story: K.J. McDaniels taking his talents to the NBA
bballmac3
Good luck KJ and thank you for being a Tiger
tigerpaw68®
W.W.U.D What would you do?
HumbleServant
Re: W.W.U.D What would you do?
buie32
My butt would be gone!!!!
tigertomw
You guys have no idea how good KJ is...
buie32
Good move for KJ i think, but that kills next season.
TigersAndCubs
Big mistake on his part
AllTimeClemson
What makes you think he would go top 10-12?
TigersAndCubs
Not now***
CM Shack
Just Tajh raised his draft stock by staying...***
RC Tiger®
Re: New Story: K.J. McDaniels taking his talents to the NBA
tigerballfan
Mistake, disagree with the young man's decision, but
Filo Betto
Re: New Story: K.J. McDaniels taking his talents to the NBA
Tschump2
Re: Thanks, and all the best!
Dugatiger®
Re: New Story: K.J. McDaniels taking his talents to the NBA
Mooka
We won't win 10 games next year***
wyletigr
Did you think we would win 20 this year?***
CM Shack
Bad vibe title of article
silvavocati

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Sign Up for News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest