BREAKING: Kent lands shooter who blew up

FEDERAL WAY'S Vionte Daniels was named the state of Washington's Class 4A Player of the Year by the Associated Press yesterday. Today the 6-foot-3 guard announced that he's going to be playing his college ball for Washington State. The consecutive days of big news cap what has been a monstrous -- but not expected -- senior year for Daniels. His path to the Pac-12 is a must read.

And his path to Pullman was cleared yesterday with the announcement that three scholarship slots on the Cougars' roster had opened up with transfer requests granted to Aaron Cheatum, Trevor Dunbar and Jackie Davis.

In Daniels, the Cougars aren't so much getting a late bloomer -- he did, after all, have three scholarship offers before the season began -- as they're getting a guy who seized an opportunity and transformed his trajectory in the process.

As a junior, Daniels was the third-best player on his Federal Way team. With one of the other two graduating and and the second, Malik Montoya, going down with a season-ending knee injury, Daniels moved to center stage and lifted his game to a new level this season.

He averaged 24.0 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game, leading the Eagles to their second 4A state title in school history. His AP honors on Tuesday followed a plethora of accolades ... Coaches Association 4A Player of the Year, SPSL All-Northwest Division MVP, Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year and Seattle Times all-classifications All-State.

During the state playoffs, Kentwood coach Blake Solomon explained to the Seattle Times why Daniels "can shoot the lights out of the ball.” Always on balance, he goes straight up and straight down, Solomon said, adding, "His skill work is unbelievable."

Daniels' pre-season regimen reportedly included 700 jump shots a day.

So what should Cougar fans expect next year?

"A smooth fadeaway jumper, a confident 3-point shot and uncanny rebounding and passing — and it is still being debated whether the 6-foot-3 Daniels or 6-9 Jalen McDaniels is the team’s best dunker," according to the TNT.

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