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Grizzlies Draft Preview: K. J. McDaniels

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Player Profile:


K. J. McDaniels

Clemson University

6-foot-6, 196 pounds

Small Forward

Age: 21 (Junior)


Draft Range (Compilation of 6 ESPN, Draft Express, CBSSports, and NBADraftNet mock drafts):


High: 23

Low: 35

Mock Drafts Projecting to Grizzlies: 0/6


Take him: McDaniels is an ultra-athletic leaper who finishes well in transition. He was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging more than 3 blocks per game as a wing player. He's long, can run and has made it clear that defensive play is a focus for him.

Don't take him: The Grizzlies need to score more, and while McDaniels was Clemson's first option, he's not a great shooter. 30% from three is not anywhere near the top of a very talented small forward class. Workout buzz has been mostly negative.


Notes: Worked out for the Grizzlies. McDaniels was projected to be picked by Memphis early in many mock drafts.

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