Manning Impresses Former SLU Coach

Paul Biancardi is a few years removed from his one season as an assistant coach under Rick Majerus at Saint Louis University, but the former coach still pays attention to SLU recruiting targets on the summer circuit.

Biancardi, the national director of basketball recruiting for ESPN, watched big man John Manning play with his Team Takeover squad several times this past summer and was impressed with the Saint Louis University signee.

"What I love about him is he's truly 6-10, he runs the floor well and he's got a live body," Biancardi said. "Along with that he's got good hands and he's very aggressive on the court. He goes and gets rebounds. He tries to block shots. Offensively he can score with either hand on the block. Very coachable. Very aggressive."

Biancardi knows all about what Majerus looks for in recruits and the veteran coach's track record with prospects.

"If you look at Coach Majerus's past with his developing players, which is maybe second to none in college basketball, he's had some big guys that have done very well," Biancardi said. "When you give Coach Majerus a 6-10 guy with some tools, I think he'll be a steady influence and a strong contributor at SLU over time with a chance to be maybe one of the best post players in the Atlantic 10 when he becomes an upperclassmen. Because of his tools and Coach Majerus's ability to develop, I think that's a potent combination."

Manning was the only player to sign with SLU during the early signing period earlier this month and he fills a need for the Billikens with his size in the post.

When he arrives on campus next fall, Manning will be the second-tallest player on the Saint Louis U. roster behind current freshman Rob Loe — or he may be taller than Loe if he is still growing.

Manning could also be the only true center on the roster. Loe is versatile post player who can also play facing the basket and shoots the ball well from the perimeter. Sophomore forward Cory Remekun is more of a power forward than a center, though he plays both spots for the Billikens now.

The Virginia native has proven so far to be a good find for Majerus and associate head coach Porter Moser.


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