Jalen McDaniels, who was picked in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. Photo credit: goaztecs.com.

A San Diego State University men’s basketball standout will get his chance on the NBA stage.

The Charlotte Hornets used one of their picks on Jalen McDaniels, a forward, in the second round of this week’s NBA Draft. The redshirt sophomore averaged 15.9 points per game, 8.3rebounds and 2.1 assists.

McDaniels, 21, was the 52nd pick overall in the draft, held in New York City.

The Aztecs had a 21-13 record last season, and finished 4th in the Mountain West conference.

McDaniels will become part of a Charlotte team that finished last season 39-43, in ninth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

McDaniels, out of Federal Way, Wash., is the first Aztec in five years to be drafted by an NBA team – the Toronto Raptors picked Xavier Thames in 2014. Thames was the 59th pick overall.

Two dozen Aztecs have been NBA draft picks, and McDaniels is the fifth since 2002. The group also includes Randy Holcomb, Kawhi Leonard, a member of the 2019 champion Raptors, Jamaal Franklin and Thames.

The Aztecs also had four players picked this month in the Major League Baseball draft.

– Staff reports

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