McDaniels makes his decision, announcement soon


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McDaniels is and has been a human highlight reel since he arrived on campus . <span style=Photo by Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports">
McDaniels is and has been a human highlight reel since he arrived on campus . Photo by Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
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has made his decision.

Clemson’s standout junior was home with his family following the Tigers’ ouster from last week’s NIT in New York, and made the decision on whether to turn pro or stay at Clemson last Friday. His announcement should come later this week.

TigerNet spoke with K.J.’s mother – Shawn McDaniels – on Monday.

“We are really excited for K.J.,” she said. “He has made his decision. I was a total wreck when the fans were shouting ‘one more year’ at the last home game. There was a man sitting next to me who told me to get him to come back, and I told him that wasn’t my decision to make.”

McDaniels has been listed in many recent mock drafts as a first round pick. However, he is listed lower in the first round, and Shawn McDaniels said that this decision is nowhere close to the decisions the family had to make during K.J.’s recruiting process.

“It’s nowhere near the same,” she said. “It’s life-changing, unreal, something like a dream come dream true with a decision like this. 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. This is the decision that we have on the table right now. “

She then 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.”

Shawn said that the hardest part of her son’s decision has been whether or not to leave his teammates.

“It’s a tough decision. He doesn’t want to leave his coaches or his teammates,” she said. “That’s the decision he has to make. We have told him he doesn’t have to worry about us financially, because we are okay that way. He just has to make the decision that is right for him and follow his dreams. It’s not about the money for him.”


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spacer Let's hope he stays!
Tiger2017®
spacer Re: Let's hope he stays!
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Being the forever pessimist, the wording in this article
CUTiger1989®
spacer I hate to say it and I hope I'm wrong
tillmanhalltailgater17
spacer KJ to make his announcement via Tigernet
cuvatiger®
spacer The last sentence in the article says "It's not about money"
apextiger®
spacer Or, "it's not about the money," as in...
TheProdigal
spacer COOT
clemsonrulez08®
spacer I talked to his mom and dad in New York....
BigCUFan®
spacer Generally, Mom knows best.***
CUTiger1989®
spacer Unless she's a politician from another country***
tiger_thom®
spacer I did say "generally"
CUTiger1989®
spacer well she was smart enough to know that RN could get away
ragtop
spacer I always listen to my momma
MB93Tiger®
spacer You can get a degree anytime. If his NBA stock is high
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: New Story: McDaniels makes his decision, announcement soon
92TigerJohn
spacer "one of" but not "the"........."the" is still Skip Wise IMHO***
CUTIGR69
spacer I hope I am right but if he had decided to leave it would
Coothater®
spacer Is there a press conference...
nctigs
spacer signed CJ Spiller...signed Tajh Boyd...signed Nuk Hopkins?***
clemsongt
spacer You forgot Vic!***
Tiger2017®
spacer Actually he is the only one the last few years that fit his
clemsongt
spacer Gone! Thanks KJ and best of luck!!
soywaker®
spacer STAYING***
uproar84®
spacer For the fans and Team's sake
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Sounds like he might be leaving, which would be a mistake.
Judge Keller
spacer no doubt...get buried on a bench and your development is
Tigerfansince1972®
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Sportsfan®
spacer He Gone
Tiger Rag Fishing Team
spacer staying or leaving?
sadmba
spacer Stay K.J..........stay. As an announcer said in the NIT
Filo Betto
spacer I tend to think that if a big exciting announcement is comin
silvavocati
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