Most years somebody like Harrah (Okla.) High power forward Brady Manek would be the talk of Oklahoma’s class and the talk of Oklahoma high school basketball.
Manek, around 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, just finished a highly successful career with the Panthers and averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game.
He helped Harrah earn another berth in the state tournament and is ranked No. 96 in the Scout 100 yet few seem to realize that.
Guess that’s what happens when you’re in the same year as Norman North five-star point guard Trae Young, who is also committed to OU.
That’s OK. The more talent, the merrier. Sooners Illustrated had a chance to watch Manek last week in Harrah’s 38-36 loss to Tulsa Victory Christian in the 4A state quarterfinal and definitely saw improvements in his game.
Manek did what he could, scoring 22 of Harrah’s 36 points to give him 1,901 points on his career. Manek is someone who you wouldn’t expect to have the type of handles on the perimeter, but he does.
Despite his tall frame, he can drive to the basket or get separation to create his own shot from the perimeter. On this day in question, Manek scored 18 of his 22 points from the 3-point line, connecting on six 3-pointers.
Manek wasn’t afraid to get down in the post as Sooners Illustrated unofficially had him for seven rebounds and three blocks. The tone of the game was changed as Victory Christian slowed it down to a crawl for the most part to not allow Manek to get into a rhythm.
Manek will have to add some weight, which seems obvious to say. And he’ll need to work on his low post game to become the most versatile threat possible.
He’s already a stretch four, but to make him and the team more successful, Manek will have to show that willingness to bang in the post and grab key rebounds in traffic.
A redshirt year doesn’t seem likely for Manek, but he won’t be expected to carry the load, either. He’ll be able to learn and refine his game as he figures it out. And it does feel like he’ll be somebody who will figure it out.
Scout says: Brady Manek, who committed to Oklahoma early in his career, is an intriguing stretch forward prospect. He's very thin and lacks the strength to play physical inside, but he's fluid and runs the floor well. He has an effortless looking stroke, good shot mechanics and range out to the three-point stripe. Manek has good hands and very good touch around the basket. He plays hard on both ends. He also has a high IQ and a good understanding of the game.
Here are some images of Manek by Sooners Illustrated from last week’s game.