Ryan Manuel Player Profile
Size: 6-4, 185 pounds
Prep: Manuel earned three letters as a shooting-guard for coach Chris Wilson at Fort Bend Austin High School in Houston. He was a 2010-11 McDonald's All-American nominee that was rated as high as No. 12 in Texas. As a junior, he averaged 19.7 points and was selected All-District First Team and team MVP.
Hometown: Houston, Tex.
Recruitment: Manuel, a three-star recruit by Scout, committed to SMU over the likes of Rice, S.F. Austin, Texas State, Tulane, UNLV and Wichita State.
Manuel had an up-and-down junior year in his role primarily off the bench for SMU. After starting his sophomore season, Manuel took a backseat role, averaging 17 minutes per game. Manuel saw his scoring diminish to just 4.5 points per game, but more importantly, his tendency to foul didn't go down as much even with half the amount of minutes per game. Manuel averaged 2.7 fouls per game in 2012-13, but averaged close to two a game (1.9) in 2013-14. With the team having more depth, Manuel should have been able to stop from fouling as much as he did, especially being fresh off the bench. Manuel's athleticism is undeniable, but Manuel made mistakes with ball handling, but also was called for two key charges that allowed Minnesota to complete its comeback against SMU in the NIT Finals.
Manuel has the athleticism to take the ball to the basket and draw the foul, but has to pick his spots better when he's on the floor. In the NIT Finals, Manuel was told to pull the ball out by Larry Brown, but chose the next time down the floor to press for a basket. The breakdown in the finals was not just on Manuel, but a junior in those situations has to know better. Manuel's defense on the floor is what he was known best for with his length.
Outlook in 2014
With Ben Emelogu becoming eligible, Manuel's minutes will only diminish even more. Manuel isn't a great scoring threat and his ball handling is questionable at best. If anything, Manuel will only see time at the two and three now because of Emelogu's ability to help at the point when Nic Moore goes out. Manuel is a solid defender with great athleticism, but with Sterling Brown's emergence, expect him to draw the assignment on the opposing team's best guard. Manuel though, can provide solid experience and length off the bench with the time he does get.