A defensive freak with pogo-stick like athleticism that plays like a wing and has the size of a big to make up for his thin frame.
Jalen McDaniels has been a workhorse of a player for the San Diego State Aztecs over his collegiate career. McDaniels will jump off the tape immediately because of his thin frame, but he makes up for it with pogo-stick like bounce and an aggressive knack for the ball on the boards. He's a fascinating "hybrid" type of prospect. He's built like a big but projects to as an intriguing wing developmental player.
Lab experiment of Jonathan Isaac and Kyle Kuzma
Plays like he's a basketball version of a pogo-stick. Incredible bounce which allows for him to make up for his thin frame. Uses his explosiveness well around the rim with a combined soft touch.
Should develop into a reliable weapon from outside. Good mechanics on his release and there's a promising set of tools to work with.
Teams will love his potential mismatch ability in lineups. He's built like a big but plays like a wing. A Fantastic defender who plays passionately. Moves extremely well for his size especially laterally. Much better rebounder than you would expect looking at him. Plays tough, willing to do the dirty work, take charges, etc.
He gets bullied around by stronger opponents because of his frame. Adding strength could do wonders for his basketball ability but hasn't shown a lot of progress in filling out his body.
Settles for midrange too often. Needs to become a consistent outside threat to blossom as a potential role player.
Jalen McDaniels can be considered an unfinished product and his fit in the modern NBA is going to be interesting. When you watch him on the defensive side of the ball, you believe there's 100 percent a place for him in this league. The thin frame will be worrisome to NBA teams, but his rare combination of size and athleticism make him a worthy gamble.