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Deron McDaniel named Third Team All-American

Deron McDaniel named Third Team All-American


Kansas City Kansas Community College sophomore Deron McDaniel led the nation in free throw accuracy. Now he's an All-American. 

A third team selection on the NJCAA DII All-America team, he becomes only the second Blue Devil named to an All-America team dating back to the College's opening on its present campus in 1972-73. Dominique Washington is the only other All-American, earning second team honors in 2013. 

"A special honor for Deron," said KCKCC head coach Brandon Burgette. "It's amazing to be honored as one of the Top 30 players in the country. It's a truly special meaning to not only coach an All-American but coach only the second All-American here at KCKCC. I'm very proud of his efforts the last two years." 

McDaniel learned of his honor on Twitter and then called his brother. "I was kind of shocked; I didn't even know I was nominated. I never thought at all of being an All-American. I was happy. All the hard work paid off." 

McDaniel made 43-of-45 free throws this past season, a .956 percentage that was No. 1 in the NJCAA DII. A first team All-Jayhawk and All-Region VI selection, McDaniel finished fourth in scoring in the Jayhawk Conference with a 15.2-point average. 

McDaniel was also 14th nationally in 3-point goals although he only played in 18 games because of the Covid pandemic. A pure shooter, he was 56-of-141 from three for 39.7 percent. He scored in double figures in 13 games with highs of 32 against North Central, 27 versus Southeast and 26 against Fort Scott. 

A second team All-Jayhawk selection as a freshman, McDaniel led the Blue Devils in assists (3.3), was second in scoring (15.6) and played a major role in KCKCC winning the Jayhawk championship for the first time ever; the Plains District title; and a berth in the 2019 NJCAA DII national tournament that was never played because of the pandemic. 

A 5-11 guard who graduated from Next Level Prep in Kansas City, Mo., McDaniel averaged 17.8 points and 5.0 assists in high school. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Central Post-Grad League after leading his team to the league championship. 

McDaniel has yet to decide about his basketball future. He is talking to a number of colleges including some out of state. "I just want to keep improving and making the best of my basketball career," he says.