It was a much closer game early on than the final score suggests (85-64), but the big win was due to Quade Green, Isaiah Stewart, Nahziah Carter, and the player we’re highlighting here: Jaden McDaniels.
McDaniels has great length and is a good shooter. As soon as scouts saw that, they knew he was going to be a highly touted prospect. But, Jaden McDaniels has been proving to be more than just that.
Defensively speaking, Jaden McDaniels is comfortable playing a defender right on his hip. He trusts his quickness, length, and instincts to be able to stay in front of a ball handler and prevent him from scoring or catch up to someone that gets by him and utilize his length to get a block (He had three in the game). Today, he was even able to switch in the post and force an offensive foul on Tahjai Teague.
Let’s talk about his offense though because that should be the main talking point after he erupted for a career high 22 points for Washington against Ball State today. He was showing his soft touch with some floaters, utilized the one dribble pull-up, and was reliable from behind the arc where he was 4-7.
Here are some of his highlights from his game today:
Jaden McDaniels should continue to improve his shooting as the season progresses and he gets more and more comfortable in the offense. There are a lot of weapons on this Washington team and if they can figure it all out, they will be a very dangerous team come tournament time.