Wichita State Shockers

November 23, 2013

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Ten Xavier McDaniel trivia questions

1. X-Man had another nickname with his high school teammates in Columbia, S.C. What was it?

2. His No. 34 hangs in the Koch Arena rafters, but what jersey number did McDaniel wear as a freshman?

3. With one final chance at reaching the NCAA Tournament, McDaniel took 19 shots against Tulsa in the championship game of the 1985 MVC Tournament. How many did he make?

a. 10

b. 12

c. 13

d. 15

4. What four players joined McDaniel on the 1985 AP All-America team?

5. McDaniel ended his career with 1,359 rebounds, second only in MVC history to what player?

6. Who were the players to finish second to McDaniel in 1985 in Division I scoring and rebounding?

7. Shocker faithful remember that Patrick Ewing, Wayman Tisdale and Benoit Benjamin were taken ahead of McDaniel in the 1985 NBA Draft. But who went immediately after McDaniel with the fifth pick?

8. What shoe company signed McDaniel to a contract to wear their shoes called “XPress” before his rookie season in Seattle?

9. What member of the 1987-88 Lakers did McDaniel successfully choke by putting both hands around his neck in an altercation near midcourt?

a. Tony Campbell

b. Kurt Rambis

c. Billy Thompson

d. Wes Matthews

10. McDaniel played for five NBA teams over 12 seasons. Which franchise did he NOT suit up for?

a. New York Knicks

b. Seattle SuperSonics

c. Phoenix Suns

d. Chicago Bulls

e. New Jersey Nets

f. Boston Celtics


1. Teammates called him “Mountain Man” because the way he played reminded them of Bill Walton, who had the same nickname at that time with the Portland Trail Blazers.

2. McDaniel wore No. 32 his freshman season.

3. d. McDaniel was 15 of 19 and had 34 points, 21 coming in the second half, of WSU’s 84-82 victory.

4. Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Chris Mullin (St. John’s), Keith Lee (Memphis State) and Wayman Tisdale (Oklahoma).

5. Louisville’s Wes Unseld had 1,551 rebounds from 1965-68.

6. Loyola’s Alfredrick Hughes averaged 26.3 points to McDaniel’s 27.2, while Creighton’s Benoit Benjamin averaged 14.4 rebounds to McDaniel’s 14.8.

7. SMU center Jon Koncak.

8. Spot Bilt signed McDaniel to a four-year deal worth $125,000. McDaniel’s agent said at that time only three other players — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Michael Jordan — had shoes and clothing named specifically for them.

9. d. Matthews had elbowed McDaniel earlier in the game and, after they went for a loose ball, McDaniel said Matthews attempted to kick him.

10. d.

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