Tigers' K.J. McDaniels named Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American

Clemson junior is a finalist for national defensive player of the year

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels (32) blocks a shot attempt by Duke's Rodney Hood (5) in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday.

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Clemson's K.J. McDaniels (32) blocks a shot attempt by Duke's Rodney Hood (5) in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday.

Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels has been honored as a Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American, and is eligible for the Driesell national defensive player of the year award.

McDaniels, a first-team All-ACC selection, was earlier honored as the ACC's defensive player of the year.

The Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools.

He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.

The winner of the 2014 Driesell Award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

2014 Lefty Driesell All-America Team

Cameron Ayers 6-5 Sr. Bucknell

Khem Birch 6-9 Jr. UNLV

Alec Brown 7-1 Sr. Green Bay

Rhamel Brown 6-7 Sr. Manhattan

Willie Cauley-Stein 7-1 So. Kentucky

Tekele Cotton 6-2 Jr. Wichita State

Aaron Craft 6-2 Sr. Ohio State

Scott Eatherton 6-8 Jr. Northeastern

Joel Embiid 7-0 Fr. Kansas

Justin Jackson 6-8 Sr. Cincinnati

Jordair Jett 6-1 Sr. Saint Louis

Nick Johnson 6-3 Jr. Arizona

Du'Vaughn Maxwell 6-7 Sr. Hampton

K.J. McDaniels 6-6 Jr. Clemson

Daniel Miller 6-11 Sr. Georgia Tech

Chris Obekpa 6-9 So. St. John's

Elfrid Payton 6-3 Jr. Louisiana at Lafayette

Trevor Releford 6-0 Sr. Alabama

Marcus Smart 6-4 So. Oklahoma State

Kenneth Smith 6-3 Jr. Louisiana Tech

Corey Walden 6-2 Jr. Eastern Kentucky

Scottie Wilbekin 6-2 Sr. Florida

Kendall Williams 6-4 Sr. New Mexico

Briante Weber 6-2 Jr. VCU

Patric Young 6-9 Sr. Florida

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