Former Colorado State Ram Tiel Daniels has found a professional home next season. Daniels has signed with the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland.
Daniels a 6-7 forward averaged 9.4 points and 7.6 rebounds a game last season, while the Rams finished two games below 500 in Mountain West Conference play. Daniels was also in the top 30 in the NCAA for field goal percentage.
Daniels spent two seasons with Colorado State, as he transferred from Southern Illinois where he spent his first two years.
The Vikings are based out of Salo Finland which is about an hour and a half west of the capital city Helsinki. The Vikings play in the top professional league known as Korisiiga, they have been in the league since 2012 and have made it as far as the quarterfinals. The Vikings were founded in 1908.
The news was a surprise to him as Daniels felt any offers would come sometime in August, but that changed when he received a call last week about possibly joining the Finish team.
"It's been hard holding the news in," said Daniels, who was officially introduced on Monday. "I don't know a lot about Finland, honestly. I've been to Denmark, but never Finland, but I'm going to do my research. I'm excited about it."
Although, Finland is not known as a top tier professional league, it is considered a good steppingstone to the other major more well known European leagues.
Daniels will join three other Americans on the Vikings, including former Colorado Buffaloe forward Austin Dufault.