The next player on our list of previews has already attended a year's worth of classes at San Diego State. This player is 6-9 redshirt freshman Jalen McDaniels. McDaniels, who is named after Michigan Fab Five/NBA Star Jalen Rose and is also the cousin of fellow Fab Fiver Juwan Howard, chose the Aztecs over offers from Washington, Arizona State, Boise State, and Montana State.
McDaniels attended Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Washington. In his senior season McDaniels helped lead the Eagles to a 29-0 record. That season he averaged 14.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, and 1.9 bpg. Last year he arrived on campus but decided to redshirt to get bigger and stronger. By spending one year in the weight room he gained about 25 pounds according to the coaching staff. With that being said he had jumped from being 170 pounds as a true freshman to 195 pounds as a redshirt freshman.
McDaniels will contribute early on for the Aztecs. The biggest contribution to the Aztecs will be his length and versatility which will allow him to play multiple positions. McDaniels has three-point range and can also play in the post effectively. San Diego State will be thankful that they have him because he will surprise a lot of people during his freshman campaign.
In his freshman year McDaniels will likely be one of the first big men off the bench. He will probably play around 15-20 minutes per game this year. By the end of the season McDaniels could even be in a starter’s role. Expect McDaniels to improve each and every year and eventually he could even earn first team Mountain West honors.