McDaniels named to Driesell Defensive All-America Team, Finalist for POY


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Pos: F   Height: 6-6   Weight: 200   Hometown: Birmingham, AL (Central Park Christian School HS)  
Years Played: 2011 - 2013

BOSTON, MA -- The finalists for the 2014 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award were announced on Monday.

The list of finalists also comprise the 2013-14 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team.

The finalists include Cameron Ayers (Bucknell), Khem Birch (UNLV), Alec Brown (Green Bay), Rhamel Brown (Manhattan), Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Tekele Cotton (Wichita State), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Scott Eatherton (Northeastern), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Jordair Jett (Saint Louis), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Du'Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton), K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
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(Clemson), Daniel Miller (Georgia Tech), Chris Obekpa (St. John’s), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana at Lafayette), Trevor Releford (Alabama), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Kenneth Smith (Louisiana Tech), Corey Walden (Eastern Kentucky), Scottie Wilbekin (Florida), Kendall Williams (New Mexico), Briante Weber (VCU) and Patric Young (Florida).

The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.

The winner of the 2014 Driesell award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

2014 LEFTY DRIESELL DEFENSIVE ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Cameron Ayers 6-5 Sr. Bucknell
Khem Birch 6-9 Jr. UNLV
Alec Brown 7-1 Sr. Green Bay
Rhamel Brown 6-7 Sr. Manhattan
Willie Cauley-Stein 7-1 So. Kentucky
Tekele Cotton 6-2 Jr. Wichita State
Aaron Craft 6-2 Sr. Ohio State
Scott Eatherton 6-8 Jr. Northeastern
Joel Embiid 7-0 Fr. Kansas
Justin Jackson 6-8 Sr. Cincinnati
Jordair Jett 6-1 Sr. Saint Louis
Nick Johnson 6-3 Jr. Arizona
Du'Vaughn Maxwell 6-7 Sr. Hampton
K.J. McDaniels 6-6 Jr. Clemson
Daniel Miller 6-11 Sr. Georgia Tech
Chris Obekpa 6-9 So. St. John's
Elfrid Payton 6-3 Jr. Louisiana at Lafayette
Trevor Releford 6-0 Sr. Alabama
Marcus Smart 6-4 So. Oklahoma State
Kenneth Smith 6-3 Jr. Louisiana Tech
Corey Walden 6-2 Jr. Eastern Kentucky
Scottie Wilbekin 6-2 Sr. Florida
Kendall Williams 6-4 Sr. New Mexico
Briante Weber 6-2 Jr. VCU
Patric Young 6-9 Sr. Florida

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