Status: UK target
Forward | 6-10 | 185
School: Federal Way
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Jaden McDaniels has emerged as one of the top five prospects in the 2019 class with his stellar play on the Nike circuit, but it’s his tremendous upside that has college coaches and recruiting analysts excited for the future.
McDaniels has a near 7-foot wing span and a great smoothness and feel for the game for someone his size. 247Sports national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader over the summer that he has the potential to end up as the No. 1 prospect in the class. UK commitment Tyrese Maxey compared McDaniels to Kevin Durant after playing against him in Nike league and camp settings.
The highly touted forward from Seattle seems to be most comfortable playing on the perimeter, and he has a quickly developing skill set from a ball handling and outside shooting perspective.
McDaniels has narrowed his recruiting list to Kentucky, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington, though he’s not expected to make a college decision until the spring. (His brother, Jalen McDaniels, is a standout player at San Diego State).
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McDaniels averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and was named the breakout performer of the year in the Nike league for his performances over the spring and summer.
“He’s a guy with size, length, versatility and a really improving skill set. … He’s made a pretty significant improvement over the last year. When you have a guy at his size with his type of skill level, you have to take that into account. And I thought he earned that (top-5) ranking with his play.”
-Evan Daniels, 247Sports analyst