By Girald Gaston

Former NCAA MVP Sudan Daniel (PHOTO: Inquirer Sports)

San Beda's MVP and host of various Philippine 3x3 event Sudan Daniel has passed away after suffering an asthma attack on Saturday at Calatagan, Batangas.

Daniel celebrated the holidays with his former Red Lion teammates Anthony and David Semerad. He was rushed out to Calatagan Medicare Hospital after the attack, but pronounced dead on arrival.

In early years in the country, Sudan proved that Daniel and lions really have a deep connection. He had a succesful run with the Mendiola-based team.

The American had a fruitful career in the NCAA, as he debuted on the 85th season and was awarded as Rookie of the Year. On the next season, he propelled the Frankie Lim-coached San Beda squad to an 18-0 slate en route to championship. He won both MVP and DPOY plum on that year.

He suffered an ACL tear on his third year, and missed the whole 87th season as they failed to defend their crown.

After his collegiate career, the foreign Daniel stayed in the country, and became a skill coach for some of the biggest prospects of the Philippines.

In 2019, Daniel hosted the 2019 Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3 along with his partner, Mike Swift. His last hosting stint was in Calambubble last October 21 to 30, the 2020 edition of the mentioned tourney.