4A Player of Year tells CF.C why he's WSU-bound

VIONT'E DANIELS, the Associated Press 4A player of the year in the state of Washington this past season, tells Cougfan.com he has verbally committed to Washington State and will sign with the Cougs later this month. Ernie Kent’s system -- both offense and defense, is why he’s headed to Pullman.

Daniels out of Federal Way High is a Coug and will sign with WSU during the regular signing period, which begins on April 15.

“I’m committed to Washington State,” Daniels said. “Coach Kent is a great coach. I did my background check on him and when he was at St. Mary’s and Oregon, he did a great job of building the programs up.

“I like the style of his offense. It’s very fast paced and you basically get out and run with the ball. The whole coaching staff is great too. I have a great relationship with Coach (Curtis) Allen. He’s always checking up on me and making sure I’m on top of things. This was a pretty easy decision for me.”

THE NEWEST COUG was officially offered his WSU scholarship on Saturday, committing to the Cougars over an offer from Portland State. Daniels, who checks in at 6-3, 170-pounds, also had offers in the run-up to November's early signing period from Seattle University, Northern Colorado and Idaho, he told CF.C.

So what kind of a player are the Cougs getting in Daniels? He’s a shooting guard, who can dish the ball and score.

“The coaches at WSU told me that really like how I can score a lot and make plays with the ball in my hands,” Daniels said. “I can play defense very well too. I’m not a one-dimensional player, which they like."

DANIELS IS COMING off a big senior campaign at Federal Way, where he averaged 24 points, six rebounds and four assists per contest. With such high numbers, the postseason accolades flew in.

“I think what makes me stand out is how I can affect a game without scoring all the time,” Daniels said. “If my shots aren’t falling, I can rebound, steal the ball and find open teammates. I’m a floor general and I always make sure guys are in the right spot.”

As you might imagine, the future Coug is quite jubilant that he’ll be playing in the Pac-12 next season.

“This is big for me,” Daniels said. “Now, I can’t wait to finish up high school, get my stuff done and get ready to play with the big dogs. Now we’re in business. I’m very excited for this opportunity.”

The senior prospect was named Tacoma News Tribune 4A Player of the Year, Seattle Times 4A Player of the Year, AP 4A Player of the Year, Coaches Association 4A Player of the Year, 4A State Tournament Player of the Year, All-Area Player of the Year and first-team All-State.

With the addition of Daniels, WSU now has a 2015 recruiting class of five, with two more slots available. CLICK HERE for profiles on all five -- four of whom signed with WSU in the early signing period in November. Daniels and any others will sign in the period that begins April 15.

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