Manuel transferred from Howe to Pike over the summer to play with Marquis Teague this season. But Manuel was forced to transfer back to Howe after the IHSAA reviewed his case, forcing him to sit out six games as a result. Then Manuel broke the thumb on his shooting hand after averaging 18.4 points per game, missing the final seven games of his junior season.
This spring, he's bounced around from one AAU team to another trying to find the right "fit." He played with SYF, which also features Dominque Ferguson, in Arkansas a few weeks ago and played well. This weekend, Manuel teamed with the Eric Gordan All-Stars and again had a solid showing.
"I've really improved my ball-handling and I'm trying not shoot as many threes and take the ball to the rack," said Manuel. "I'm not that big to play down low. I'm more comfortable as a ‘three.'"
Manuel currently has offers from a few Atlantic 10 programs, including Dayton and St. Bonaventure. Xavier is also keeping tabs this spring. Detroit and IUPUI also have made offers. Last month, a couple of Big East programs – Louisville and Cincinnati – began to express interest.
a couple of weeks ago.
"They like how I play because I'm up-tempo and a big man that can run the floor and shoot it," Manuel said of Louisville. "They said they like stuff like that. I keep in contact with Rick Pitino about once a month. He came to see us in open gym two weeks ago. I did pretty good. (Louisville) said there's going to be an (offer) if I keep working hard and improving."
Manuel said he's very interested in Louisville and believes he could fit in with the up-tempo Cardinals. "I like (Louisville) because Marquis Teague is going there," Manuel said. "I went to Pike for a little bit so I played with him and I like how he plays. I think I could fit in at (Louisville)."
Now on the Big East radar, Manuel is hoping for a big summer to improve his stock and land a few high-level offers. In the meantime, Manuel said he's planning to make unofficial recruiting visits to Detroit and Dayton next month. Manuel said the Titans are recruiting him hardest this spring.