FORMER FERRIS PLAYER MICHAEL DANIELS LEADS FSU INTRAMURAL TEAM TO REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Former Ferris State University men's basketball player Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) might not be competing on the court for the Bulldogs any longer, but that hasn't stopped him from continuing to compete athletically as a student at the institution.
The 6-6 Daniels, who concluded his Bulldog basketball eligibility in 2006-07 and was a member of the FSU football team in the fall 2007 season, recently led a university-based intramural squad to the National Campus Championship Series (NCCS) Regional Basketball Championship in a tournament played last weekend (March 14-16) at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Mich.
Daniels' FaNoGames squad claimed the 12-team regional crown by beating Central Michigan's Club Team 41-39 in the championship game of the event. For his efforts, Daniels earned tournament Most Valuable Player Award recognition. The team reached the regional event after winning the Ferris State Intramural League title this winter.
By virtue of the regional championships, FaNoGames also earned a berth into the 2008 National Intramural Basketball Championships, which will be held April 18-20 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
In addition to Daniels, the FaNoGames squad also features a number of other current FSU students, including Kevin Moore, Gil Bransford, Jason Eberhart, Andre Pettway, Steve Ellsworth, Ty Gilbert, Andrew McNabb, Ron Hardy (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) and Travis "Snoop" Eising (Marion). Both Hardy and Eising were members of the Bulldog football team during the fall 2007 gridiron campaign.
A Detroit native, Daniels began his coaching career this past winter as a junior varsity assistant coach for Big Rapids High School. He plans to graduate in May and has already lined up an assistant coaching position at Detroit Southwestern High School for the 2008-09 hoops campaign.
A four-year Bulldog starter, Daniels averaged a personal career-high 10.7 points per game in his final season (2006-07) and was the team's second-leading rebounder (6.0 rpg). He finished his career with 951 points and needed only 49 more to become the 26th player in school history to compile 1,000 career points. Daniels also is presently ranked 14th on the school's all-time rebounding list with 561 boards. The 2003-04 FSU Most Improved Player Award winner started 100 of his 117 collegiate outings in a Bulldog uniform while helping the Bulldogs to back-to-back Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Championships in 2003-04 and 2004-05. The Bulldogs also twice advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament during his career and reached the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in his sophomore campaign. He played in two games for the FSU football team as a wide receiver this past campaign.