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Kansas State Adds Four-Star Michigan Transfer G Dug McDaniel

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One of the biggest fish in the transfer portal will play Big 12 basketball next season as Jerome Tang and the Kansas State Wildcats landed a pledge from Michigan guard Dug McDaniel.

While small in stature, listed at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, McDaniel comes to Manhattan (Kan.) averaging 16.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 36.8% from three for the Wolverines this past season.

Widely regarded as one of the top transfers in the country, McDaniel currently ranks as the No. 17 overall transfer, according to 247Sports.


This is a particularly big addition for Tang as McDaniel brings two seasons of eligibility with him to Manhattan.

After being forced into a starting role in his freshman year at Michigan, all eyes were on McDaniel to breakout in 2023-24. He did just that in the nonconference slate, lighting up the scoreboard against teams like St. John’s (26 points), Oregon (33 points), and Florida (33 points). However academic concerns led to a six-game suspension for McDaniel that held him out of six games after conference play began.

That, along with several other factors, led Michigan to an 8-24 recording, with a 3-17 mark in Big Ten play. Two days after being eliminated in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, Juwan Howard was fired. Three days after that, McDaniel was in the portal.


“Personally, obviously, it didn’t go as I planned — as we planned,” McDaniel told after the end of the season. “But there’s a lot of great things to take away from it. I just appreciate the opportunity I got with this group of guys.”

Now, with his eyes set on the future, McDaniel will be a part of the Wildcat family, and the feeling he got when meeting the folks at K-State is a big reason why he chose that school to be his home for the next two seasons.

“They just went all-in,” McDaniel said of K-State during his portal recruitment. “Every person in that building texted my phone, my mom’s phone, my trainer’s phone, whoever they needed to talk to. They all reached out and that alone just showed me how committed they were to this. Once I got down there and got a chance to put face to names, it felt like family from the jump.”

Kansas State has five players to replace after losing Cam Carter, Dorian Finister, and Jerrell Colbert to the transfer portal, as well as Will McNair and Tylor Perry to graduation.

However, with McDaniel locked in to run point for Tang’s group next season, the Wildcats’ backcourt already has a building block to work around, and a very good one at that.

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