Manuel Montano, a 6-10, 210 lb. center/forward from Palomar College, has verbally committed to Cal State Fullerton. Montano said he chose Fullerton because "on my visit, it was a beautiful campus, I really got along well with the players and the coaching staff is awesome."
A relative unknown, Montano has tremendous upside as he has only played organized basketball since his junior year of high school.
After setting his high school record for blocked shots (14), Chaparral head coach Ed Coyle said, "Manuel has improved so much. He has just gotten better and better since last spring. We are so proud of him. He changed a lot of shots and he's learned how to be a good shot blocker."
Montano said he was simply playing basketball during a PE class and one of the coaches came and asked to try out.
Montano was a second-team All-Southwest League selection for Chaparral in 2003 and led the CIF-Southern Section in blocked shots. He averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks for the Pumas.
As a freshman at Palomar, Montano averaged 3.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10 games as of January 6th, 2004. Montano scored 17 against San Diego City on January 18th. He also averaged 2 blocks a game for the Pumas which was second in the Pacific Coast Conference.
Montano said he will make it official during the early signing period in November.