Federal Way senior guard Viont’e Daniels committed to Washington State on Wednesday afternoon, choosing the Cougars over Saint Mary’s.

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Federal Way senior guard Viont’e Daniels committed to Washington State on Wednesday afternoon, choosing the Cougars over Saint Mary’s.

The 6-foot-3 guard didn’t have an offer on the table entering his senior season, but quickly picked up interest as he averaged 24 points, six rebounds and four assists per game while leading the Eagles to the Class 4A state title.

“First of all, the coaching staff is fantastic,” Daniels said. “Coach (Ernie) Kent, he’s been known to turn around programs, as far as Saint Mary’s and Oregon. I like their style of play, and plus, I’m home. My parents and my family, they will be able to see me play. It was a good fit all around.”

Daniels was offered from Idaho and Northern Colorado this past summer, but both schools rescinded before the season after filling the scholarship with another player. But an impressive senior campaign, in which the three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, was named The Associated Press Class 4A Player of the Year, generated more interest.

“It’s pretty crazy, but my dad always tells me everything happens for a reason,” Daniels said. “It’s crazy how the college I’m going to now is … better than the colleges that were interested in me before the season started. It’s pretty crazy how things happen, though.”