K.J. McDaniels has been keeping quite busy in the weeks and months leading up the NBA Draft. McDaniels, a 6’6″ small forward, has worked out for multiple teams in the past week including the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, and Memphis Grizzlies. While the Thunder, Hornets, and Grizzlies were always in the conversation for McDaniels, other teams like the Celtics are emerging as possible suitors.
McDaniels has reportedly been shooting the ball much better than scouts and NBA executives had expected, causing them to reevaluate the Clemson star. Add the new found shooting touch to the already explosive highlight reel dunks, blocks, and all around tenacious defense, and you may have an NBA star in the making. McDaniels, the 2013-14 ACC defensive player of the year, has enough size to guard just about any two-guard or wingman in the league, and is quick enough to stick with smaller opponents. Combine that shut down defense with an improving and evolving offensive game, and you have a player that is shooting up draft boards.
“K.J. has been doing great in the workouts,” said Jason Martin, an agent with the sports agency that represents McDaniels. “He’s defending at a high level, of course, but shooting better than teams were expecting. The executives I’ve talked to feel he’s shooting up draft boards.”
While McDaniels was expected to be a late first round pick just a few short weeks ago, it is now looking like he may possibly be a lottery selection. One thing is for certain, whoever drafts McDaniels is landing a world class athlete with an extremely high ceiling.
The NBA Draft will be held on June 26th on ESPN.