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Journey to the McDAAG: Jaden McDaniels

By Pat Lawless, 03/07/19, 5:00PM EST


Jaden McDaniels' path to the McDAAG

His Path to the McDAAG

There are few prospects that had the breakout grassroots season that Jaden McDaniels had with the Seattle Rotary on the Nike EYBL. McDaniels started out the EYBL season with some national attention tp his name, but after the first two sessions, he put everyone on notice that he is one of the very best in the 2019 class. He averaged 18.6 points, 48.3%, 70.8 FT%, 9.1 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 1.3 BPG in 21 games. He eventually won D1 Circuit’s Breakout Player of the Year Award.

McDaniels stock has taken off to the point where he is now the number one pick in ESPN’s 2020 Mock Draft. When it comes to prospects, McDaniels is as intriguing as they come. He stands 6-foot-11 and is a legitimate threat on the perimeter, so when it comes to matching up with him, he is a nightmare. It’s always nice to see a player emerge late, and McDaniels did just that, dominating the EYBL circuit while parlaying it into an equally strong senior season at Federal Way.

What's Next?

Behind Cole Anthony, Jaden McDaniels is’s second highest uncommitted prospect in the class of 2019. Five schools remain for the Federal Way (W.A.) star, including Kentucky, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington. According to 247 Sports’, the Crystal Ball 40 percent of experts see him going to San Diego State, 40 percent to Washington and 20 percent to Kentucky. Something to keep in mind is that his older brother and NBA prospect Jalen is currently playing for San Diego State. One would figure that this will play a factor when it comes to his decision later this spring.

Washington is trying to keep him in his home state and form an impressive recruiting class with five-star Isaiah Stewart and his Seattle Rotary teammates RaeQuan Battle and Marcus Tsohonis. Kentucky has a strong recruiting class as always and is always an intriguing option to any top prospect. His recruitment is going to be a fun one to follow as we head down the stretch.

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