Commentary

X-Man's daughter an X-factor in own right

Updated: March 11, 2010, 10:18 AM ET
By Ben Rohrbach | ESPN RISE

Xavier McDanielRick Stewart/Getty ImagesXavier McDaniel was taken fourth overall by Seattle in the 1985 NBA draft.

If Xavier McDaniel was the X-Man, does that make Xylina McDaniel the X-Girl?

The daughter of former NBA star Xavier McDaniel made a name for herself during her sophomore campaign at Spring Valley (S.C.). Already named the Class 4A Player of the Year by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association, the 6-foot-1 forward averaged 18.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.0 assists during the regular season, leading the Vikings (26-3) to as high as 35 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50. She carried Spring Valley to the Class AAAA state championship game, where it fell to Goose Creek, 64-63.

"She's had a great year," said Spring Valley coach Kim Bouchey. "We're getting bombarded with Division I offers, which is a good thing. It's a good problem to have."

Currently, McDaniel appears on the ESPNU HoopGurlz Watch List for the Class of 2012. Don't be surprised if her name climbs the recruit rankings next season, as her game continues rising to new levels. In her team's four Class 4A playoff victories, McDaniel averaged 19.7 points, including a game-high 25 points in the state quarterfinal.

"She has dominated every player she's gone against and picked up college scholarship offers from Kentucky and Florida," said Anthony Toney, co-director of McDaniel's AAU squad, the South Carolina Lady 76ers. "At 6-foot-1, she has definitely been the leader of her team and has progressed tremendously during the year in her leadership and playing abilities."

McDaniel is just one of a group of talented underclassmen in the Palmetto State who enjoyed stellar seasons on solid teams. Keep an eye out for Goose Creek junior forward Aleighsa Welch, Spring Valley junior guard Brianna Robinson, Myrtle Beach sophomore guard Khadijah Sessions, Spring Valley sophomore guard Asia Dozier, Dutch Fork freshman center Alaina Coates and Seneca freshman guard Kianna Holland.