Brownell: McDaniels Is One Of The Best In The Country Nobody Talks About
Mac Attack January 21, 2014 12:47 PM
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Head basketball coach for the Clemson Tigers, Brad Brownell, joined Mac to discuss their 4-1 start in the ACC (13-4 overall) and the possibility of ending ‘the streak’ this weekend.
On K.J. McDaniels: He’s probably one of the best players in the country nobody really knows a lot about. He’s probably one of the most athletic players in the country. He’s had a really good junior season. He came here as an athlete and has become a basketball player. He’s improved his skill level, his ball handling, shooting, and passing. He’s a great story because he really only played 8-9 minutes a game as a freshman and now he’s an All-ACC player, in my mind.
On Clemson’s defense: We have a lot of young players that are just excited to be out there and they’ve embraced our defensive mentality that we try to build our program around. They’ve done a really good job of maintaining defensive discipline, probably a better job than I would have anticipated for a young group. Our juniors, K.J. and Rod Hall have been good leaders and have told our guys this is what we need to do to be successful. It helps that K.J. led the league in shot blocking, last year, as a 6’6″ wing, which is almost unheard of and Landry (Nnoko) at 6’10″ is a shot blocker around the basket, so we’ve got two guys that can erase shots around the rim, and that’s really helped us as well.
Mac also asks about K.J. McDaniels’ vertical and Dabo recruitng K.J. to play wide receiver, discussing the Chapel Hill streak with his team, winning with defense first, and Clemson’s strength of schedule this season.