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5 - Jalen McDaniels

6-9, 190 Small Forward/Power Forward
SAN_DIEGO_ST_65.GIF San Diego St. Sophomore
Birthday
01/31/98 (21.8 yrs)
Hometown
Federal Way, WA
High School
Federal Way
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
8
Defense
7
Strength
6
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
NA
Potential
7
Passing
NA
Intangibles
7

NBA Comparison: Jake Layman

Strengths: A lengthy combo forward player (6-9 with a 7-foot wingspan) … Great ball handling abilities, especially for his height (6’9’’) … Able to take most defenders off the dribble with an array of moves to get to the spot he wants … Possesses the length to score over shorter defenders with hook shots and floaters … Strong finishing abilities around the rim … Draws contact when he gets into the paint, converting his free throws at a high rate (78.8%) … In the post, he is patient with his back facing the basket, fully aware of where the defensive pressure is coming from … Knows when to pass the ball to an open teammate when he is double-teamed … Crashes the glass, averaged 8.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore at San Diego State … Plays with great energy on the offensive end … Uses his length to steal the ball from opponents …

Weaknesses: Undisciplined defensively, often making careless fouls … Has a lot of upside on defense because of his overall size and wingspan, but his footwork is not where it needs to be … Tends to watch the ball bounce off the rim instead of finding a body to box out … Body has not shown the development it should have, raising some questions about his dedication and desire … Weighing only 195 pounds, he will need to add more strength and muscle … Must improve his outside shot, especially from the three point arc where he converted just 32% of his attempts this season … Inconsistent. Immensely talented, but seems to have a tendency to underachieve …

Outlook: Has the size and skillset to play multiple positions at the next level … In order to excel in the NBA, he will need to add muscle, improve his defensive footwork and consistently knock down jumpers  … Expected to be drafted in the late first round or early second round of the 2019 NBA draft …

Notes: Measured 6′ 8.25′ barefoot, 6′ 9.75” in shoes, 191.6 lbs, 7′ 0.25” wingspan, and a 8′ 9.5” standing reach at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine … Playing in the Mountain West Conference, he flew under the national radar for the most part … An early entrant for the 2019 NBA draft and projected as a early to mid-second rounder … Declared for the 2018 NBA draft, but ultimately decided it was best to return for his sophomore season … Led San Diego State in scoring this year averaging 15.9 points per game … Recorded 11 double-doubles as a sophomore …

Kailey Jackson 5/24/19

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