This is Manuel's first summer running with The Family on the AAU circuit, and so far he feels it has gone pretty well.
"So far it is going really good," said Manuel. "As a team we can do better, but it is just the start. I think as a team as we continue to get used to playing together we will get better. Individually I feel I have played pretty well."
In terms of his game, it is tough to classify Manuel in just one spot. He has the size and skill to be a versatile performer, and no matter what Manuel has one goal.
"I just try to be an all-around type of player," Manuel explained. "Every year I am getting a little bit better, and I just want to be an all-around dominant player."
Recruiting wise college coaches are taking significant notice of what Manuel has been doing on the court.
North Carolina State, though out of the region, has been very active recruiting Manuel and he likes what he sees from the Wolfpack.
"It felt good to get an offer from them," said Manuel of NC State. "They are a good program and I watched them during the year. I feel they will continue to get better because they have a great coaching staff."
When it comes to the two in-state programs, it is no surprise that both are recruiting Manuel very hard, and he has a lot of interest in each program.
"Michigan is a really good school as is Michigan State," said Manuel. "I like that each is close to home. Coach (Tom) Izzo is one of the best coaches of all time, and Coach (John) Beilein is a great coach that took a team to the national championship."
For now Manuel is simply taking the recruiting process in stride, but is beginning to figure out what is important to him in a perspective college.
"I am looking for somewhere where I can fit in and earn my spot on the team," said Manuel. "Also I want to go somewhere where they will help me reach my full potential."