Manzano Adjusting to New Role

Thomas Manzano left New York a year ago and landed at Genesis One down in Mississippi. One year down south was enough and now the athletic guard has re-classified and at a new prep school in the northeast.

Thomas Manzano has no problem waiting his turn.

The New York native, who spent last season at Genesis One (Miss.), is now closer to home at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.).

The athletic 6-foot-3 ½, 185-pound junior (he's re-classified) said the transition hasn't been all that difficult.

``I know other players that have gone here, so I knew what to expect," Manzano said. "Robert Mitchell was here last year and we were together at Genesis. I asked him and he said it would really help my game if I came here."

While some players don't take well to Bill Barton's hard-nosed approach, Manzano has embraced it.

``He's tough and he cares," Manzano said. "He's hard on us because he's preparing us for when we get to college."

Manzano is a high-flyer. He's the guy who gets to the basket and finishes with acrobatic moves. He's the guy who follows misses with impressive tip dunks over the rim.

He's also the guy who realizes what he needs to improve during his time at Notre Dame Prep.

``I've already improved my shot a little bit, but it needs to get better," Manzano said. ``But I'm not shooting it a lot here. I'm trying to get everyone involved."

``People know I can score," he added. "Now I need to show people I can pass the ball."

The Brooklyn native put up in excess of 25 points per game last season and went for 38 in his finale with Genesis.

Manzano said his recruitment hasn't heated up all that much lately – largely because he's re-classified as a junior.

He mentioned that Cincinnati, La Salle and St. John's have expressed recent interest – as has Rhode Island.

``I'm just trying to do what I have to do to get into college and improve my grades," Manzano said. "The rest will hopefully take care of itself."


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