Former Michigan basketball point guard Dug McDaniel finds new home at Kansas State


Former Michigan basketball point guard Dug McDaniel has found his next home: Manhattan.

Not the Big Apple, but the Little Apple.

McDaniel, who will be a junior with two years of remaining eligibility, announced on social media Wednesday he will play for Kansas State next season and coach Jerome Tang in the Big 12.

“The wait over 💜💜💜 #committed,” McDaniel posted on both X and Instagram with a video montage of him in Wildcats clothing.

McDaniel led the Wolverines with 16.3 points and 4.7 assists per game last season, which included multiple 30-point outings, highlighted by his night with 33 points, eight assists and five rebounds in a double-overtime loss to Florida.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound point guard shot 41% from the floor and 36.8% from the 3-point line on more than six attempts per game and had just shy of a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio U-M best offensive player, though his season was far from smooth.

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The DeMatha Catholic High School product was placed on academic suspension in early January, forcing him to miss six road games. It threw an even bigger wrench on a season that was going completely off the rails, U-M went 0-6 in games away from Crisler Center while he was out of the lineup and went 2-15 in the 17 games played after his suspension.

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard talks guard Dug McDaniel (0) during the second half of the First Round of Big Ten tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

McDaniel’s career started off quickly. Seen as a depth option early in his first season, McDaniel got extended playing time after a Jaelin Llewellyn knee injury, and he averaged 10.0 points and more than 4.0 assists from the moment he was put into the starting lineup as a freshman.

There was a lot of expectation he would build on it and take a sophomore step. Though he did in some ways, it was derailed by the off-court troubles.

“Obviously, it…

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Publish date : 2024-04-03 18:41:53

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