|McDaniels drafted by Sixers in the 2nd round|
|by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:57 PM||
Former Clemson standout K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
#32 6-6, 200
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He is the first player drafted out of Clemson since Trevor Booker went 28th overall to the Wizards in the 2010 draft. The last Clemson basketball player that was selected by the Sixers was former Tiger Sharone Wright.
McDaniels was projected to go in the first round by several NBA mock drafts and was listed as the 25th best prospect on ESPN analyst Jay Bilas' list.
"He's not a good athlete. He's a freak athlete," Bilas said on ESPN after the pick. "He's 6-7 or so with 6-11 wingspan. He led the ACC in blocked shots. He reminds you a little bit of Josh Howard when he came out of Wake Forest....As a defender and transition player I really like this pick a lot. I like this kid."
Teams are not bound to give second round NBA rookies guaranteed money although some teams give partial guarantees.
McDaniels was a first-team All-ACC selection and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14. He led the Tigers in points (614), rebounds (255), blocks (100), steals (41) and three-pointers (42) - the only player in the country to lead his team in all five categories. He joined Wake Forest's Josh Howard as only the second player in ACC history to lead a team in all five of the aforementioned statistics for an entire season.
Welcome to Philly, K.J.! pic.twitter.com/7GeNZwcvTg— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) June 27, 2014
Another milestone for Mark Tatum, as K.J. McDaniels comes out of the stands to greet the deputy commissioner. pic.twitter.com/2zP1U33xjK— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 27, 2014
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Clemson official press release
CLEMSON, S.C. - K.J. McDaniels was the second selection of the second round, No. 32 overall, by the Philadelphia 76ers in Thursday's NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
McDaniels is the 27th player drafted in Clemson history, and first wing player selected since Will Solomon in 2001. He is Clemson's first draft choice since Trevor Booker went 23rd overall to the Washington Wizards in 2010. He is the first Tiger taken by the 76ers since Sharone Wright went sixth overall in 1994.
McDaniels had a banner junior season, electing to come out early after earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC honors. He blocked 100 shots - just the third player in school history to reach the century mark - and led the ACC in blocks per game for a second straight season. McDaniels was the only player in the NCAA to lead his team in scoring (17.1), rebounding (7.1), three-point goals (42), steals (41) and blocks (100).
The Birmingham, Ala., native led all ACC players in 20 & 10 games (at least 20 points and 10 rebounds) and reached double figures in the scoring column 33 times, most in a single season in school history.
Here are a few that are tweeting their reaction to McDaniels' getting drafted.
He's not there yet, but I've said it B4. KJ reminds me of Iguodala in a lot of ways. With his defense & stupid hops especially!— Brian Dawkins (@BrianDawkins) June 27, 2014
KJ McDaniels will be the steal of the Draft!!— Terrell McIntyre (@TMcIntyre5) June 27, 2014
Congrats to KJ -- your teammates were all watching together!! #Tigerpride— Mike Winiecki (@CoachWinex) June 27, 2014
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