Aztecs forward Jalen McDaniels was arguably the most talented player in the Mountain West Conference this season. He averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and got much better as the season progressed.
But is he ready for the NBA?
McDaniels is going to try and figure that out. The redshirt freshman will declare himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft but, and this is important, not hire an agent. This will allow him to go through workouts with NBA teams and gauge his draft stock.
If McDaniels doesn’t think he’ll be drafted high enough he can go back to San Diego State for his sophomore season.
“After thoughtful consideration with my family, I have decided to enter my name into the 2018 NBA Draft,” McDaniels said. “Testing the waters allows me to get feedback directly from NBA teams.”
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 make the jump yet this is a smart move to make.
“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.”
While Jalen has a world of ability he might not be big enough for NBA life just yet. He’s 6’10” but only weight 195 pounds and without a consistent 3-point shot to rely on like a Kevin Durant he’ll have to add size to compete at the next level. McDaniels has until June 11 to withdraw his name from the draft pool and return to school.