Jalen McDaniels

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Jalen McDaniels
No. 6 – Charlotte Hornets
PositionPower forward
Personal information
Born (1998-01-31) January 31, 1998 (age 21)
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolFederal Way
(Federal Way, Washington)
CollegeSan Diego State (2017–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentCharlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jalen McDaniels (born January 31, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the San Diego State Aztecs.[1]

High school career[edit]

A native of Federal Way, Washington, McDaniels attended Federal Way High School, where he also played football.[2][3] McDaniels was the ranked as the 98th best prospect in the class of 2016 heading into his senior season at Federal Way High School. He was named an Associated Press Washington state Class 4A first-team selection after averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in his senior season.[4] Federal Way finished the season undefeated with a record of 29-0 and won the Class 4A state championship.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jalen McDaniels
Federal Way, WA Federal Way High School (WA) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sep 9, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 98  247Sports: 120
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2016 San Diego State Aztecs Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 13, 2019.

College career[edit]

McDaniels red-shirted the 2016-2017 season. On February 19, 2018, he was named the Mountain West player of the week.[5] In his freshman season he averaged 10.5 points in 24.7 minutes per game,[6] starting 21 out of 33 games.[7] In March 2018, McDaniels submitted paperwork for early entry into the 2018 NBA draft[8] but had yet to hire an agent.[9] In May, he worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers.[7] On May 30, McDaniels officially withdrew his name from the NBA draft and returned to SDSU less than 90 minutes before the deadline.[10]

As a sophomore, McDaniels averaged 15.9 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 8.3 points per game. He was dogged by lawsuits filed by two women stemming from an incident in high school. In March 2019, he declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.[11] McDaniels was one of 66 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2017–18 San Diego State 33 21 24.7 .586 .211 .788 7.5 .9 .8 .6 10.5
2018–19 San Diego State 34 34 31.0 .466 .320 .732 8.3 2.1 1.1 .5 15.9
Career 67 55 27.9 .504 .298 .758 7.9 1.5 1.0 .5 13.2

Personal life[edit]

McDaniels's brother, Jaden McDaniels, is the number one prospect in the state of Washington, the 6th best prospect in the nation, and a McDonald's All-American. Jaden is committed to Washington.[13] McDaniels is the cousin of former NBA player Juwan Howard.[14]


  1. ^ "Jalen McDaniels - Basketball Recruiting - Player Profiles". ESPN. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Zeigler, Mark (9 September 2015). "Jalen McDaniels commits to SDSU hoops". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ Drowley, Doug (12 December 2015). "4A boys basketball: Jalen McDaniels is the latest in a long line of stars for Federal Way". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Jalen McDaniels - Men's Basketball".
  5. ^ "Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week - Feb. 19". themw.com. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Jalen McDaniels". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b Albertie, Quenton S. (8 May 2018). "Cavs workout San Diego State's Jalen McDaniels". kingjamesgospel.com. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  8. ^ Togerson, Derek (19 March 2018). "Aztecs Star to Declare for NBA Draft". NBC San Diego. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  9. ^ Zeigler, Mark (19 March 2018). "Aztecs' McDaniels declares for NBA draft, but won't hire agent". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  10. ^ Zeigler, Mark (May 30, 2018). "Jalen McDaniels finally reaches a decision: He's staying at SDSU". The San Diego Union-Tribute. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Jalen McDaniels leaving San Diego State to turn pro". FOX Sports. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.si.com/nba/2019/05/08/nba-draft-combine-players-invited-zion-williamson
  13. ^ "Jaden McDaniels - Basketball Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN".
  14. ^ Cotterill, TJ (14 December 2017). "Federal Way has one of the top basketball recruits in the country – a 6-foot-9 guard". The News Tribune. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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