K.J. McDaniels taking his talents to the NBA


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

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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
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and assistants Earl GrantEarl Grant
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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.”


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