NBA Draft

Huskies forward Jaden McDaniels focusing on his 3-point shot, filling out his frame

NBA Draft

University of Washington forward Jaden McDaniels is more of a late bloomer in terms of coming on strong late in his prep career. And now he's looked at as a big-time NBA prospect. The Federal Way, Washington product became an integral part of the Huskies 15-17 season last year.

As a freshman during the 2019-20 season, McDaniels averaged 13 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

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The 20-year-old is looking to showcase his versatility as a 6’9,” 200-pound forward at the next level.

The versatility of being able to play multiple positions and defensively just being able to move my feet, guard 1-4. I feel like that’s a big thing now. And on the offensive end -- being able to knock down open shots.

Jaden McDaniels said during his pre-draft interview

Jaden’s brother, Jalen McDaniels, was drafted 52nd overall by the Hornets in the 2019 NBA Draft.

For Jaden, being projected as a mid to late first round pick, he took a significant jump forward the summer before his senior year at Federal Way High School. He finished his prep career regarded as a top-25 prospect for the class of 2019.

“My jump shot and the consistency of shooting the NBA three and then being able to shoot a deeper three, but also filling out my frame and working on my body,” are all things that McDaniels said he has been working on and focusing on ahead of the draft.

 

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