The Star Center: Jim McDaniels

James Ronald McDaniels was born in Scottsville, Ky., on April 2, 1948, to James McDaniels and the former Sendy Binom. His stepfather, Dickie Stovall, helped raise him.

We feel a bit better rectifying Jim McDaniels’ chart because we are more familiar with his physical presence and personality than we were of Walter Becker’s. and have chosen 6 Libra for his Ascendant.  We like Neptune in the first house conjunct it, because of his famous “soft” touch and that his Sun is opposite both Neptune and the Ascendant creating a T-Square at his Cancer midheaven.

That T-Square gives him an ambitious side to his personality, and a desire to create his own destiny and as it is Trine the Moon at 11.53 Aquarius shows his innovative and very intuitive way of handling the ball.  Another thing we find in favour of this chart, is that the Midheaven at Cancer finds it’s Lord in the Creative and Gaming House of the Fifth.

McDaniels has a lot of planets in the House of Friends, which makes sense as basketball is a team sport and it shows how he thrived off the rivalry between teams as well as between team mates.  Pluto  is opposite almost exactly the Moon right on the Eleventh house cusp and intimates how he came alive on the court.

His Yod has an interesting aspect as well.  There is Mars in Leo at 18.17 sextil Venus at 29.25 Taurus in the Eighth both incoming Jupiter in the Third making its Axis of Awareness right at the 10th House cusp — but still in the Ninth at 23 Gemini conjunct Uranus, showing how much he liked the travel aspect of the job and sheer joy he found in the camaraderie (off the court of  course) with his teammates.

Mr. McDaniels has a Splash Temperament type with the maximum of two conjunctions — Pluto to Saturn and Saturn to Mars — that because of their close proximity becomes a Translation of Light between them.  It’s a powerful trio in the Eleventh showing us also how his fans loved him and how he felt he had to repay them in kind with hard work and effort (Mercury 21.45 in the Sixth).

jim mcdaniels chart

The once problem with this chart is that Mars is not near the ascendant as Monsieur Gauquelin preferred so we are still mulling that one over and if new information is available we will make the necessary updates.

                                            Big Jim’s Career

Jim McDaniels, a star center who led Western Kentucky University to the N.C.A.A. Final Four but whose professional career was marred by contract disputes at the start, died on Wednesday in Bowling Green, Ky. He was 69.His wife, Carolyn, said the cause was complications of diabetes.

A 6-foot-11 center and power forward with an unusually soft touch for a big man, McDaniels led the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to the most successful years in their program’s history.

In his senior year he averaged 29.3 points per game in helping Western Kentucky reach the Final Four of the 1971 N.C.A.A. tournament. Meeting at the Astrodome in Houston, the Hilltoppers lost to Villanova in a semifinal match and beat the other semifinal loser, the University of Kansas, to take third place, their best finish to date.

McDaniels was named a consensus all-American that year.

But the next season, after McDaniels had started to play professionally with the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association, the N.C.A.A. found that he had violated college rules by signing professional contracts (with an agent, the team and the league) before the start of his senior season.

After a year in Italy, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the N.B.A. and the Kentucky Colonels of the A.B.A. He played his last season as a reserve center for the N.B.A.’s Buffalo Braves, which he joined after another year in Europe.

“I’m a player and a very dedicated athlete,” McDaniels told United Press International in 1977. When I leave the game, I want to be able to say that good or bad, I gave 100 percent.”

He retired in 1978 with a career average of 10 points per game and his free throw percentage is 72% the same as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lou Alcindor)..  His stats are here.

He graduated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.  After retiring from basketball, he coached high school basketball and sold cars. He married Carolyn Wright in 1990.

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