TNT Katropa is bringing yet another NBA-credentialed import.
KJ McDaniels, a second round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 draft, will reinforce the Katropa for the PBA Governors Cup firing off on the third week of September.
McDaniels, 26, was a teammate of Terrence Jones with the Houston Rockets.
The two were teammates with the Rockets for the 2015-16 season, and the Katropa hopes McDaniels would create the same impact Jones did in the recently concluded Commissioner’s Cup.
Jones, a first round pick by Houston in 2012, proved to be a gem of a reinforcement for TnT although the KaTropa fell short in their bid to claim their first championship in four years, losing to San Miguel in six games in the finals.
The former University of Kentucky stalwart, though, was adjudged Best Import of the tournament.
McDaniels was not personally endorsed by Jones to the Katropa.
The Alabama native out of Clemson University was actually scouted by active consultant Mark Dickel in Las Vegas while playing in the G-League.
McDaniels suited up for the Sixers for less than a season before being dealt to the Rockets at the 2015 trade deadline, paving the way for him to play alongside the 6-foot-9 Jones.
After two seasons with Houston, McDaniels briefly played for the Brooklyn Nets before spending the last two seasons playing for the Grand Rapid Drives and Oklahoman City Blue in the G-League.
He averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 52 games with the Sixers.
In five seasons in the NBA, McDaniels averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.