San Diego State landed one of the West Coast's top 2016 recruits on Wednesday, as 6-foot-9, 185-pound Federal Way (Wash.) power forward Jalen McDaniels committed to the Aztecs.
A long and lanky forward, McDaniels is a versatile and skilled player who has the chance to be a really good player in San Diego once he gets stronger.
"I just felt like it was the best program that I fit," McDaniels said. "I really trust in the coaches and what they have going. All of them are great coaches. Steve Fisher and Brian Dutcher are legendary coaches. I really like the team and coaches."
McDaniels' first and only official visit was to San Diego State and his time in SoCal made a big impression on him.
"When I went on my visit I already knew they were good but I was focused on meeting the players," he said. "They were like family to me; it seemed like I knew them forever. They were all really cool."
The San Diego State coaches did a good job making McDaniels feel comfortable with them.
"My cousin is Juwan Howard and he was coached by [Fisher and Dutcher]," said McDaniels. "He told me straight up, they're going to push me and be like family and going away from home, I needed coaches and players who would be like family to me.
"We just had a great relationship. From the first time we talked to each other we were excited about each other and it felt real. I have a great relationship with them."
The rising senior said that SDSU doesn't have a specific position or role slotted for him, which is appealing to him.
"They see me as a basketball player," said McDaniels. "I'll get after it on defense. I can come in as a freshman and have an immediate impact. I want to go there, win the league and then win a national championship."