Federal Way High School alum Jaden McDaniels was drafted to the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a first-round pick on Nov. 18.
McDaniels, a 6-foot-9 graduate of the Federal Way class of 2019, was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the 28th pick of the first round for the Minnesota Timberwolves, after the team made a deal earlier on draft day, according to the LA Times.
“The Lakers had to technically make their first-round pick before the trade could be completed since teams can’t trade first-round picks in consecutive years,” LA Times reported.
Hailing from the University of Washington, McDaniels is a highly sought-after player due to his long, athletic body and versatility as a power forward.
McDaniels, 20, played just one season with the Huskies where he averaged 13 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
As he wrapped up his final year at Federal Way High School in 2019, McDaniels became a top-10 national recruit receiving offers from Kentucky, Texas, UCLA, and San Diego State, before signing with his hometown
McDaniels was awarded the 2019 McDonald’s All-American, NPSL boys basketball MVP, and earned a spot on the Jordan Brand Classic 2019 national roster his senior year.