For Valentine, the school's post-season success was a big selling point.
"It was their winning streak; I like to win," Valentine told Scout.com. "Coach Marshall and Coach Peele are great and I really liked the school.
"They just win and they press a lot. I love to press."
Valentine was eagerly sought after by the likes of Delaware, East Carolina and Holy Cross.
Valentine, who averaged 10 points a game as a junior, emerged this summer when he stood out with the Charlotte Royals. "My confidence was higher. I'm not hesitating a lot like I did last year. I felt like I needed to step up."