Swingman K.J. McDaniels commits to Tigers

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McDaniels picked Clemson over Missouri, Jacksonville, Ole Miss and VCU. (Photo courtesy of McDaniels)

CLEMSON – Men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell picked up his third commitment for the 2011 class when 6-7 swingman K.J. McDaniels picked the Tigers Saturday morning.

McDaniels said he called Brownell shortly after midnight, after Brownell had watched McDaniels play Friday night.

The 3-star player picked Clemson over Missouri, Jacksonville, Ole Miss and VCU.

“The reason I committed to Clemson was that the school was nice, and everything is there for me,” McDaniels told TigerNet. “I feel everything just fits for me, the way they play, their enthusiasm, and the energy of the staff and players. It was amazing being there for the Miami game, and the players were cool. Coach Brownell is a real nice guy, and the educational aspect is really amazing. I like that.”

McDaniels was in Clemson to see the Tigers play Miami last week, and he said he liked the atmosphere of Littlejohn Coliseum.

“It was great being in there for the game, and I thought the fans were really into it,” he said. “I could tell that they players are still getting used to the offense, but I could also see they are getting comfortable with it. And I like that they have good spot shooters, and that is something I would like to be a part of. I like taking off to the basket, getting rebounds and playing my hardest.”

McDaniels is averaging right at 30 points and 12 rebounds per game this season and joins three-star guard Daniel Sapp and four-star forward Bernard Sullivan in the Tigers' 2011 recruiting class.

ESPN Player Profile

McDaniels is a combo forward who excels in open space. His length and athleticism allow him to impact the game in many areas. He can finish above the rim with lay-ups or dunks. He crashes the offensive glass and tests opponents who try to block him out. Defensively, McDaniels challenges shots and has a quick second jump to grab rebounds in traffic.

Complete ESPN Scouting report

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