Sterling Manley is beginning to emerge as a priority recruit

Class of 2017 post Sterling Manley is beginning to emerge as a potential high-major prospect, and schools are taking a close look at him this season.

He has battled injuries but now healthy, Sterling Manley seems as though he is going to make a big impact going forward. The 6-foot-9 center was very impressive at Flyin to the Hoop, and college coaches are definitely taking notice.

“I feel things are coming along pretty good,” said Manley. “It is all about getting back in shape. My leg is fine, it is 100 percent. I just feel like I need to keep getting back in shape, get in a rhythm, and get my shooting touch back.”

About what he is working on with his game, Manley said, “My defensive game is pretty strong. I am working to get my offensive game right. My shooting and my post moves and things like that are what I’m working on.”

At this point his recruitment is just beginning to heat up, but already a long list of schools are making it known they are monitoring Manley closely.

“West Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, a little bit from Michigan, and Dayton have been the schools recruiting me the hardest and then basically all of the MAC schools,” said Manley.

About making visits, Manley said, “I went to Hoosier Hyesteria to visit Indiana, I went to Dayton, and also I am going to West Virginia this weekend.”

Bob Huggins has always made recruiting in Ohio a priority, and along with assistant coach Erik Martin, the Mountaineers have made Manley feel like a major recruit.

“West Virginia has already made me feel a part of their family and they haven’t even offered me yet,” said Manley. “I have Coach Huggins calling me every day and the assistant coach, Coach Martin, has been calling me a lot as well. I just feel at home.”

Manley visited Indiana in the fall, and even though it wasn’t a game atmosphere, he was still blown away by Hoosier Hysteria.

“That Hoosier Hysteria is just crazy,” said Manley of the Indiana visit. “The fan base is just crazy and the arena is always sold out.”

About his visit to Dayton, Manley said, “Coach (Tom) Ostrom and Coach (Archie) Miller just know how to coach and get a program started so I like Dayton.”

At this point Manley says he isn’t rushing into anything with his recruitment, and he is trying to make an informed decision.

“I am just keeping an open mind to everything and learning as much as I can about every school,” explained Manley.

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