After a strong junior season where he led the Tigers in both scoring and rebounding, Clemson's own K.J McDaniels is headed to the NBA, after getting drafted by the Sixers with the 32nd pick in the second round of the draft. McDaniels was projected to be a late first round pick in many mock drafts.
McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game for the Tigers last season, a junior campaign punctuated by a 30 point, 14 rebound performance against Georgia State in the first round of the NIT, and a 26 point, 14 rebound and 6 block effort in a double OT win against Maryland.
Listed as the 33rd best prospect by Draft Express, McDaniels should bring a lot to the table at the NBA level. He excels and scoring in transition and with finishing at the basket, and is a strong free throw shooter. In an environment with other offensive options and more spacing, McDaniels should be able to find even more looks or paths to the basket.
McDaniels really shines as a defensive prospect, though. He was already an excellent shot blocker for his size, and with his physical attributes and athleticism, he could become a lock down defender in the NBA.
Few players in college basketball improved as much as McDaniels since their time in high school, and the Sixers could be getting a major steal if he continues to improve at that trajectory.