IT didn’t come as a surprise for Meralco coach Norman Black and import Allen Durham when Tnt Katropa’s KJ McDaniels lit up the scoreboard Saturday night in the PBA Governors Cup.
Both agreed McDaniels just showed his NBA pedigree as he poured a league career-best 51 points in leading the Katropa past the Bolts, 116-113, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“He’s an NBA talent and we saw that tonight,” said Durham, a former two-time Best Import, who also came up with huge numbers of 43 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists in a losing cause for Meralco.
Black for his part said that was expected of the 26-year-old McDaniels, who was picked no. 32 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA draft and also suited up for the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets.
“Everybody knew him before he arrived here. So he’s just doing what’s expected of him,” said Black, also a former Best Import during his heydays in the league.
The Meralco coach though was surprised about McDaniels also having a deadly shooting from the outside as gleamed by his 5-of-10 clip from three-point range.
“He shown a lot better outside game tonight that I thought he had in the U.S. But here he’s very dominant inside the paint, but at the same time, he’s able to knock down his outside shots,” Black noted.
“And that creates problems with the other teams.”