Jaden McDaniels Rumors
Andy Larsen: Here are the names that are consistently connected to the Jazz on draft day: Josh Green, Jaden McDaniels, Desmond Bane, Robert Woodard, Tyler Bey, Sam Merrill, Zeke Nnaji, Udoka Azubuike. There’s obviously potential for surprise, but I’d bet two of those are Jazzmen by night’s end.
McDaniels, a projected first-round pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET), has greatly benefited from the unique support system he has had growing up in Seattle among the many NBA players from the area. “I would say the Seattle fraternity and the impact it had on me, just them being around all the time, and showing their encouragement and support, it inspires us,” McDaniels said. “It inspired me in high school when I would see Jamal in the stands at my games. Or even him helping me in the gym inspired me to try to be like him or even better. Just having that support system around makes you feel like you’re in a family with them.”
ESPN.com currently projects McDaniels, who played at Washington, to be a late first-round pick. But Crawford and Thomas both expect the 6-foot-9 forward to outperform his draft projection. “His skill set is amazing,” Thomas said. “He has a pro game. He’s a great kid. And I think that’s half the battle right there, being a good person and being more than just a basketball player. And I think he has all the tools to be something special when he makes it to the NBA.”
18 Nov 20