San Diego State redshirt freshman sensation Jalen McDaniels has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.
Don’t panic, Aztec Nation.
The 6-foot-10, 195-pound forward (no typo) WILL NOT hire an agent. As of new rules to in the NCAA, players can return to college basketball after declaring for the NBA Draft- if no agent is involved.
The NBA Draft is June 21. McDaniels has until April 22 to enter his name and until June 11 to withdraw from the draft pool and return to school.
McDaniels will be allowed to participate in the NBA Combine and talk to professional organizations. For players with NBA-caliber talent who aren’t sure if they’re ready to fully commit yet this is a smart move. McDaniels can obtain feedback about what he needs to improve to play at the next level. In McDaniels’ case, feedback may include gaining weight.
“I think this is a great idea,” said Aztecs Head Coach Brian Dutcher. “This allows him to see what the NBA thinks of him and what improvements he can make in his game.”
McDaniels stole the show in a late-season game at Viejas Arena against Boise State. Thirty-four scouts, including representatives from most NBA teams, came to see Broncos senior Chandler Hutchison. McDaniels mcdazzled with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Aztecs’ 72-64 victory.
Jalen McDaniels is emerging as one of the most talented players in the Mountain West Conference. He averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and just got better as the season progressed.
After thoughtful consideration with my family, I have decided to enter my name into the 2018 NBA Draft,” McDaniels said on Twitter. “Testing the waters allows me to get feedback directly from NBA teams.”
Testing the waters, eh? That strongly suggests we will see McDaniels in an Aztecs uniform in 2019, and that he is taking a cue from Malik Pope who also declared agent-free before completing four years on the Mesa.