Daniel Hailey

(Creston) -- Former Stanberry standout Daniel Hailey's decision to transfer from Missouri-Kansas City was not one he took lightly.

So, when it came time to make a decision for his next school, he approached the decision with the same mindset. And when it came down to it, Southwestern Community College in Creston turned out to be the pick.

"I wanted to make sure I wasn't settling for a school," Hailey told KMA Sports. "So, when I came to the conclusion that I wasn't going to get where I thought I could play at my highest potential, I wanted to go to a junior college. So, I decided there's no better place than the best junior college in the nation."

Hailey, who will be a freshman in eligibility after redshirting at UMKC, says SWCC Coach Todd Lorensen reached out to him and said he felt like Hailey would be a good fit at the DII NJCAA National Champion. And Hailey agreed.

"They've got a really nice school," he said. "Coach Lorensen is a real good coach. Someone I know that I'll like (playing for)."

Hailey hopes to find his way back to the Division I level eventually and hopes his play next season will boost that dream.

"I just want to have a really good season with my team," he said. "I look forward to playing with everyone and accomplish what they did last year. They set the bar really high."

Hailey was a guest on KMA's Upon Further Review in April. View the story and interview here.