Brad Brownell's building blocks: K.J. McDaniels

Sophomore led Tigers in blocked shots, ranked top-three in scoring, rebounding, three-pointers

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels shoots over Florida State's Aaron Thomas in the first half.

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels shoots over Florida State's Aaron Thomas in the first half.

K.J. McDANIELS, No. 32

6-6, 200, Rising Junior

Birmingham, Ala., Central Park Christian School

2012-13 Season Review

• Appeared in 28 games, with 25 starts; averaged 27.5 minutes per contest.

• Second on team with 10.9 points per game and third with 5.0 rebounds per game.

• Improved scoring average by 7.0 points per game, the largest one-season jump by a Tiger since Will Solomon’s sophomore season of 1999-2000.

• Made 32 three-pointers, third-best on the team.

• Led Tigers with 58 blocked shots, 2.1 per game.

• Produced a game-high four blocked shots in the season opening win over Presbyterian, while adding eight points and four rebounds in an active 24 minutes.

• Made 7-of-8 at the free throw line and a pair of spectacular dunks in the road win over Furman; totaled 11 points.

• Averaged 11 points per game at the Old Spice Classic.

• Scored eight and added three blocked shots while playing 19 minutes due to foul trouble against Gonzaga.

• Posted career-best 17 points in win over UTEP; made 4-of-4 from three-point range and added six rebounds and two steals.

• Scored eight points, and had five rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes against Marist.

• Tallied 15 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 31 active minutes against Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

• Scored game-high 16 points in road win over South Carolina; added seven rebounds and five blocked shots.

• Posted 13 points, four rebounds, four blocks and two steals against No. 8 Arizona.

• Notched 11 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes against Florida A&M, which included a pair of alley-oop dunks off assists from Rod Hall.

• Scored 10 points and made two long-range shots in 21 minutes against SC State.

• Posted nine points and two steals in 14 minutes of the second half against The Citadel; did not start due to disciplinary reasons.

• Produced 15 points and added four rebounds in 30 minutes to open ACC play against Florida State.

• Posted six points, five rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes at Duke.

• Led Clemson in points (14), rebounds (9) and blocked shots (7) in win over Wake Forest; had four dunks, including a follow jam in the second half that was named SportsCenter’s top play on ESPN.

• Scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in 25 minutes of action at NC State.

• Posted 15 points and made 5-of-9 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws at Florida State; added game-high six rebounds in 32 minutes of play.

• Made career-high 5-of-7 from long distance and tied career-high with 17 points in home win over Virginia Tech; made first three from long range and added an exciting follow dunk in the second half that brought the Littlejohn crowd to its feet.

• Scored team-high 15 against Georgia Tech on Jan. 29 and sank two free throws inside the final 20 seconds to preserve Clemson’s three-point win.

• Only double figure scorer for the Tigers against Virginia on Feb. 7 with 10 points.

• Produced 12 points in 35 minutes, with a game-high five blocked shots, in Feb. 10 game against NC State.

• Scored game-high 14 points at Georgia Tech and hit a pair of clutch baskets late; added three blocked shots in 32 minutes off the bench.

• Injured his ankle prior to game against North Carolina and missed three straight contests.

• Returned from the injury at Miami and posted nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in 24 minutes.

• Scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-3 from long distance, in ACC Tournament game against Florida State; provided three highlight reel dunks and two blocked shots in 29 minutes before fouling out.

In 2011-12: Appeared in 30 of the Tigers' 31 games...played 304 minutes, an average of 10.1 per game...sixth on the team in scoring, he was second among reserve players with an average of 3.9 points per game...scored same number of points, 117, as Rod Hall but played in one less game, so he was the top freshman scorer on average...averaged 4.9 points per game during the ACC regular season, fifth-best on the team...led team in points per minute...shot 45 percent overall, but 53 percent in regular season league games...20 of his 44 made field goals were dunks, an astounding 45 percent ratio...showed an ability to shoot from the outside, making 7-25 from three-point range...totaled 20 blocked shots, third-most on the team, by far best on the team in terms of blocks per minute...grabbed 34 offensive rebounds, fourth-most on the team...scored in double figures five times, including four games against ACC teams...interestingly enough, he was by far a more productive player away from Littlejohn Coliseum, as he shot just 24 percent at home...averaged 6.9 points per game and shot 58 percent from the floor in 12 road games.

In High School: Three-star prospect according to most of the national recruiting services...two-time NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) All-American, winning the honor in 2010 as a junior and 2011 as a senior...2011 NACA Most Outstanding Player after leading Central Park Christian to its second consecutive national championship...2010 NACA All-Tournament Team selection...team compiled a 45-3 combined record in back-to-back seasons...averaged 18.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 3.3 assists per game as a senior in 2010-11...2010 Neosho Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team choice...coached by Don Broadnax...born Feb. 9, 1993.

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SoCalTiger writes:

KJ is some kind of freak. A human highlight reel. He has the greatest potential of any player that I have seen come along in a while. If only you had three of him, three Jordan Ropers and two or three big guys, then you might have something. I hope these other new guys turn out to be "diamonds in the rough" and make this team competitive. I'm betting on KJ. He's the best of the bunch.

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