Whatever K.J. decides, Brownell says he's given his best as part of a 'true team'

McDaniels has until April 27 to make a decision about the NBA draft

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels makes a move during the second half during the NCAA NIT semi-finals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels makes a move during the second half during the NCAA NIT semi-finals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Will he, or won't he?

Brad Brownell says that at it this point, it's too early to predict whether or not K.J. McDaniels will be back with the Tigers next season.

"There's certainly a process you go through by sending paperwork to the NBA," Brownell said after Clemson's season ended with a loss to SMU in the NIT semifinals. "We've done that. We'll wait to get some of that information back, and I'll get with K.J. here and let it breathe for a day or two, at least, and then we'll sit down and talk about this things, and I'll try to help answer questions."

McDaniels has until April 27 to make a decision, in advance of the NBA draft, which is scheduled for June 26.

"At the end of the day, it's his decision, his family's decision," Brownell said. "He's the one that has to live with it, and I just want him to hopefully be prepared for whatever decision he makes that he's successful thereafter.

"You know, he's given an unbelievable amount to our school and our program here over the last three years, and I'm really proud of the way he's handled everything this year; not just playing on the court, but being a new leader, being a marked man, being an all ACC guy, handling all the outside distractions and extra people trying to get ahold of him, extra media."

Brownell said that McDaniels has been a true team player throughout his career at Clemson.

"He's a humble young man that doesn't want to bring any extra attention to himself," Brownell said. "He just wants to have a good season with his teammates, and he's really enjoying that. That's one of the things that's made our team good is we don't have any differences and we don't have anybody that's above the team. We have a team.

"I think there's a lot of teams that wear the same jerseys, but I don't think there's that many true teams in college sports anymore. I think there's a lot of agendas going on that really make it hard for coaches and for players to all get paddling in the same direction. And that's one of the reasons why we were better than people thought. We were one of the few teams that were a team."

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