The VCU Rams could take the A-10 title in their first season in the league, but senior guard Troy Daniels could give the team even more hardware as the Player of the Year. The 6'4" fourth-year had a minimal impact his first two seasons under Shaka Smart and finally burst out onto the scene averaging double-digit points and led the Rams in scoring on a recent five-game trip overseas.
While it's the Rams' defense, and Daniels in particular (1.2 steals in 24 minutes per game) that have gained notoriety over the past year or so, he was third in the CAA last season with a 38.1 percent accuracy mark and topped the conference in makes and attempts from beyond the arc. Daniels will need to take the next step in developing a consistent mid-range jumper in addition to a steadier handle and attacking the rim game to replace graduated-senior and leading scorer Bradford Burgess. If he can should the scoring load, Daniels will be one of the top players in the A-10 in 2012-13.