Jalen Mcdaniels announced his intent to declare for the NBA draft, which is not much of a surprise with Mcdaniels being considered a possible first round pick. The sophomore plans to hire an agent, ending his eligibility.
“I want to thank San Diego State University, particularly the coaching staff, my teammates and our amazing fans, for guiding and supporting me both on and off the court,” McDaniels said. “These past three seasons I have matured as a person and a basketball player. I cherish the memories I have made with my teammates and the relationships that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Standing at 6’10” 195 pounds, the Washington native averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game this season. After his freshman year, he considered coming out but ultimately decided to come back to school, and was met with preseason hype as a possible lottery pick. He brings a combination of size and athleticism that is rare, but needs to work on outside shot. He does not currently possess the strength necessary to play inside at the next level, but as he games develops he should become more valuable as a player who can use his size on the wing, in transition and on put backs. We currently have the Combo Forward at #24 to Portland in our mock draft. One other interesting aspect to the story is that his younger brother Jaden Mcdaniels is currently an undecided recruit who is considering San Diego State. The younger Mcdaniels is currently #1 in our 2020 mock draft.