Las Vegas: Jalen McDaniels shows improvement

LAS VEGAS -- This time last year it was Matisse Thybulle and Drew Eubanks that emerged as high major recruits in July for Seattle Rotary. Although it's a different year, Seattle Rotary has a similar result. The Seattle based team has another emerging player in 6-foot-9 Jalen McDaniels.

Jaylen Nowell and Daejon Davis are the highly touted, nationally known recruits playing for Seattle Rotary. But there’s another player emerging as a high major prospect for Darryl Hennings team.

On Friday at the Las Vegas Classic, Jalen McDaniels was the standout recruit and the player that had college coaches buzzing.

At 6-foot-9, McDaniels has legitimate size and has a lengthy set of arms. He runs the floor and moves his feet extremely well and is a good all around athlete. For his size, he’s also fairly skilled. McDaniels is a confident shooter from mid-range out to three, and made a pair of threes in Rotary’s win over the Arizona Warriors.

In the early spring, McDaniels didn’t have a major role on this team and at times didn’t play with confidence. Perhaps that’s because of his lack of strength, which makes it tough for him to play physical. Regardless, McDaniels’ mentality appears to have changed and his game is starting to come together at just the right time in front of college coaches.

McDaniels told Scout he currently has scholarship offers from Rice, Utah State, Nebraska, UCF, Boise State and Montana State. He also cited recent interest from Texas, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Colorado and Northwestern.

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