ATLANTA, Ga. - For four years, VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart told anybody that would listen that Troy Daniels was the best shooter he's ever coached.
On Thursday night in Atlanta, the whole world got to see why as Daniels won the State Farm College 3-Point Championship, as well as the Pepsi Battle of Champions title, to kick off Final Four festivities on ESPN.
"It was a lot of fun to come down here and represent VCU among some of the best shooters in the country," Daniels said. "It was awesome to have my family and coaches in the stands cheering me on, just having fun doing what I love to do."
The Roanoke, Va. native was the first shooter of the night, scoring 16 in the first round and advanced to the second round on a tie-breaker since he hit more money balls (last ball of the rack). In the second round, he posted the highest score of the night on the men's side with 23, advancing to the finals to take on Indiana's Jordan Hulls.
Daniels went first, finishing with a score of 17, which would be enough to take home the men's title after Hulls posted 15 in his final go-round.
He wasn't done as he went on to battle Indiana's Aulani Sinclair in the Pepsi Battle of Champions, which pairs the men's 3-point champion against the women's. Daniels tied his best round of the night with another 23, while Sinclair posted 15.
Daniels isn't done in Atlanta as the Roanoke, Va. native will be a part of the Orange squad in Friday's NABC Reese's All-Star Game. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.