K.J. McDaniels first tattoo was his initials, K.J., on his left bicep. He got the ink the summer after he had completed eighth grade.
Situated slightly below his initials on that same arm is another tattoo that reads ‘Gods Will’ in a cursive font.
While McDaniels’ upper body is covered in ink, those two tattoos are of particular importance. What they represent to McDaniels are confidence, and faith; two pillars with which he has begun to build his basketball career on.
Despite confidence in his skills, coming out of Central Park Christian High School in Birmingham, Alabama, McDaniels was not heavily recruited. Clemson was in fact the only ACC school interested in his services. Instead of feeling slighted however, McDaniels, who grew up watching the ACC, saw his college recruitment as an opportunity, a blessing, and most importantly, part of a greater plan.
“Gods will is because I’m fortunate enough to be out of ‘Bama and get somewhere.”
McDaniels is used to overcoming odds and obstacles. He believes that people are placed in certain situations for a reason, and thus it is his duty to find that reason and make the most out of every opportunity.