San Diego State has a player that will be drafted in the 2019 in redshirt sophomore Jalen McDaniels. Having players from your program in the NBA is always a good thing and while the Aztecs have only one player in the league, they have arguably (no argument in my mind) the best two-way player in the world representing the San Diego State in Kawhi Leonard. Based on all the mock drafts that I found. McDaniels will be drafted next month.
We previously looked at what McDaniels brings as a prospect, now with the draft order locked in we decided to take a look where McDaniels stands as a prospect. Last time his high was pick #20 and his low was undrafted. At this point we do not see him going undrafted in any draft that we could find. Here is where he stacks up in mock drafts.
NBADraft.Net #33 to the 76ers
NBADraft.Net did not have anything to say about McDaniels
The Ringer #28 to the Warriors
What The Ringer had to say…
“Versatile player built for today’s league, with the height of a big and the perimeter skills of a wing”
Shades of Kyle Kuzma, Jonathan Isaac
Sports Illustrated #50 to the Pacers
Sports Illustrated did not have anything to say about McDaniels
Michael Scotto of the Athletic #33 to the 76ers
What Scotto had to say…
“McDaniels will have an opportunity to develop slowly in Philadelphia as he develops his physique. Any team taking McDaniels is looking at his potential upside in two years as he continues to get stronger and improve his range on a more consistent basis. With Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott both entering free agency, Philadelphia may need to fill voids in the frontcourt.”
Sam Vecenie of the Athletic #36 to the Hornets
What Vecenie had to say…
“McDaniels would be an interesting change of pace guy for the Hornets. He plays super hard, has great footwork in the post, and is something of a midrange killer. The key for his efficiency long-term will be stretching his range out to the 3-point line, something he hasn’t quite mastered yet. Defensively, McDaniels has potential as a guy who can switch out onto guards and stick. The Hornets don’t really have anyone like this and could get use out of him.”
As you can see McDaniels is projected to go drafted between pick 28 to 50, with most mock drafts having him taken early in the second round. Recently McDaniels went to the NBA draft combine and participated in the workouts. In two scrimmages he averaged seven points, five rebounds, with a plus 16 rating.
He has an opportunity to improve his draft stock in team workouts and we have seen that McDaniels is intensely preparing for the draft. Also on his side is Clint Parks, who has a history of helping players improve their draft stock, as he did with Tony Snell and Kyle Kuzma. I would not bet against Parks in the lead up to the draft.
It is important to hear McDaniels name called on draft night as it will go to show that players can come to San Diego State and develop into NBA players. More importantly we hope that McDaniels has a long career in the NBA for him and selfishly for us, the Aztecs fans. The more Aztecs that play in the NBA the more there will be to cheer for. We will keep an eye on the McDaniels draft stock and we hope to see his numbers go up.