Family ties prepare UNC freshman for ACC postseason
Posted March 4, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — When Xylina McDaniel takes the court at the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro this weekend, it will be a new experience for the University of North Carolina freshman. But don't expect her to be overwhelmed by the pressure of the postseason. She has a lifetime of basketball learned from her famous father.
"I feel like it's really in my blood. It's not like, 'Z you've got to do this,' it just happens naturally," she said.
McDaniel, known as "Z" to teammates and coaches, is the X-Man's daughter.
Xavier McDaniel, a long-time NBA Star, was known for his toughness on the floor.
"She plays the way he did," said Sylvia Hatchell, head coach of the Tar Heel women. "When she fouls you, it's a hard foul. She's not trying to hurt you, but that's just the way she plays."
"I am my father's daughter," McDaniel said.
That includes looking to her father in the stands at all of UNC's games watching her do her thing.
"I do feel like I need him at all of my games to talk to me because he's been my coach since I started playing basketball," she said. "I need to hear his voice."
"He is hard on her," Hatchell said. "A lot of the reason she has the mentality is because of her dad."
His years of coaching are playing off. McDaniel is second on the team in scoring in just her first year.
"I learned everything from my dad," she said. "He was successful so I feel like I should listen to him and everything he has to say about the game of basketball.
"He had a little attitude on him as well. I love the way he played. I try to focus on what he did to make myself better."
McDaniel and the Tar Heel women, the No. 3 seed this week, are scheduled to meet the winner of Virginia and Boston College on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.