Overview: Signed in the late period in the spring of 2011 and was one of five first-year freshmen on Clemson's roster in 2011-12...played significant minutes in his first season at the small forward position...comes from a strong basketball pedigree...father, Kevin McDaniels, Sr., played at South Alabama from 1989-91...Kevin was a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 1991 after leading the Jaguars in scoring at 13.4 points per game...South Alabama advanced to the NCAA Tournament that season after winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament...plays with tremendous athleticism and has the ability to make spectacular plays, as eveidenced by his rookie season within Brad Brownell's program...possesses a 35.5-inch vertical leap, one of the top figures on the roster...should see even more time on the wing with the graduation of Tanner Smith and Bryan Narcisse...majoring in communication studies...recruited by Earl Grant.
In 2011-12: Appeared in 30 of the 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.
Best Games of 2011-12: First turned heads in the UTEP game to open the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii...played 21 minutes and made 4-8 field goals, including 2-5 from three, along with 3-4 free throws for a total of 13 points...also had four rebounds and two blocks against the Miners...scored 16 points, a season-high, in regular season ACC finale at Florida State...made 6-11 shots, including 1-3 from three, against the Seminoles...collected seven offensive rebounds at Florida State, tied for most ever by a Tiger under Brad Brownell...had four steals and two blocks as well in that FSU game...posted 14 points at Virginia Tech in his lone starting assignment of the season...played season-high 28 minutes in Blacksburg and made 7-11 shots, including six dunks...the six dunks were the most in a game by a Clemson freshman, most by a small forward or guard, and the most by a player 6-foot-6 or shorter...had five rebounds and five blocks, a single-game high for the season among ACC freshmen, in that Tech game...had 11 points at Miami, making all three of his field goals and 5-8 free throws...added five rebounds against the Hurricanes...posted 10 points at Georgia Tech, which included a pair of high-flying putback dunks in the second half...scored seven at Arizona...posted eight points in the game at Hawaii, with four rebounds and two blocks...scored five points and added a block and a steal in road win over Wake Forest.
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.
McDaniels Career Highs
Points: 16 vs. Florida State, 3/4/12
Field Goals Made: 7 vs. Virginia Tech, 2/4/12
Field Goal Attempts: 11 vs. Virginia Tech, 2/4/12; 11 vs. Florida State, 3/4/12
Field Goal %: .800 (4-5) vs. Georgia Tech, 2/21/12
3-Pointers Made: 2 vs. UTEP, 12/22/11
3-Point Attempts: 5 vs. UTEP, 12/22/11
Free Throws Made: 5 vs. Miami, 1/18/12
Free Throw Attempts: 8 vs. Miami, 1/18/12
Rebounds: 8 vs. Florida State, 3/4/12
Offensive Rebounds: 7 vs. Florida State, 3/4/12
Assists: 2 vs. Virginia Tech, 2/4/12
Blocked Shots: 5 vs. Virginia Tech, 2/4/12
Steals: 4 vs. Florida State, 3/4/12
Minutes: 28 vs. Virginia Tech, 2/4/12