Wayne McDaniel

Wayne McDaniel

No1 Draft Pick is thrilled to announce that NBL Legend Wayne McDaniel has joined the team as an Elite Coach.

Wayne’s addition further bolsters an outstanding coaching roster that includes a Hall of Famer in Steve ‘Mr Magic’ Carfino and Australian Olympian and current Australian Opals lead assistant coach Damian Cotter.

Born in San Francisco, the man known as ‘Big Mac’ had a stunning career in the National Basketball League from the time he arrived in Adelaide in 1983 out of Cal State Bakersfield University.

He set the tone immediately with the 36ers, averaging over 26 points in his debut campaign, and was an offensive machine through his remaining 11 seasons in the league, dominating the court with the Geelong Supercats, Newcastle Falcons and Hobart Devils.

He played in four NBL All Star games between 1988 and 1991, averaged over 30 points per game for three consecutive seasons from 1988 to 1990 and earned a reputation as a relentless competitor who came to play every night and was almost impossible to stop.

When he was through, he had amassed a whopping 7,639 points in the NBL at an average of 26.5 points per game. His career points average ranks third all-time behind a pair of Australian basketball icons – Andrew Gaze and Leroy Loggins.

In addition, he remains in the all-time NBL top ten for career 40 point games (22), career 30 point season averages (4) field goals made in a single game (24 vs Adelaide 36ers in 1989), and points in a single game (57 vs Adelaide 36ers in 1989).

Since hanging up his boots in 1995, Wayne has become a polished, multi-talented performer who has appeared in major motion pictures like The Sapphires, Superman Returns and Son of Mask, sung with no less an artist than Macy Gray, been the court announcer for the Sydney Kings, appeared in several TV commercials both here and overseas and provided the voiceovers for many radio ads.

He’s starred in several theatre productions and played at such notable venues as the Seymour Centre and the Sydney Opera House, and has excelled in acting, singing and public speaking.

Wayne’s story is an inspirational one, as he’s had to survive many personal tragedies including the deaths of both his parents and his brother, and he himself was nearly killed in a terrible car accident in 2004 which left him with a broken pelvis.

Those problems may have knocked down a lesser person, but not Wayne, who has used his example as a way of inspiring and motivating others to succeed no matter the circumstances.

And through No1 Draft Pick, he is thrilled to be able to pass on his great knowledge, passion and love of the game to a new generation.

“I’m very excited to join the team,” Wayne said.

“I’ve been coaching in schools and associations in Sydney since 1999, and I’ve had various other opportunities but never looked at them seriously. However, when Steve Carfino – who I respect tremendously as a player, a media guy and as a person – approached me to do something with No1 Draft Pick, I was on board.”

“I just love coaching kids, to be honest. For example, I get a real kick when a young man and his family approach me when I’m out and about and tell me how much they remember me and that I’ve impacted their lives in some way. That’s just a really cool thing.”

“My coaching philosophy is simple. Inspire the player, but empower the person.”

“And I always try to look at the big picture. Sure, I want to impart skills and knowledge to the kids to make them better players, but ultimately the most important thing is helping to make them be better people.”

Career Achievements
NBL Games Played: 288
NBL Career Stats (all teams): 26.5ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, 52.7% FG, 75.4% FT
All-time Top Ten in National Basketball League history in career scoring average; career 40 point games; career 30 point season averages; field goals made in a single game and points in a single game
NBL All Star Game 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
Cal State Bakersfield University 1980-1982
First Team NABC All Region 1981
First Team NABC All Region 1982
CCAA Player of the Year 1982