Manning, a 6-4 guard is averaging 16 points per game for the 19-4 Cardinals. His recent play has peaked the interest of some high majors as his recruitment he said has "really picked up recently." Orlando Antigua, assistant coach at Kentucky, went to some of his AAU games this past summer and has came to a high school game this year and remains in contact with his AAU coach. Tom Crean of Indiana has been in contact with Manning recently and Manning is trying to find a time to go visit IU again. Along with those two local schools, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Florida State, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, Washington, and Alabama have also recently began recruiting him. Even though he called most of the contact preliminary, he said each school has picked up its recruiting efforts noticeably in the past few months. Of those schools he feels Florida, Florida State, Missouri, and Arizona have been recruiting him the hardest and thinks he will begin to get some offers from them in the next few months.
Along with the new interest, Manning also has six offers currently. Those offers are from Marshall, Akron, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky University, Ohio University, and James Madison. Manning has no list currently and is still "wide open" in his recruitment with plans of cutting his list down to 10 schools by the summer. He wants to be a fall signee and would like to have his recruitment over before he begins his senior high school basketball season.
Manning says his strengths are his ability to attack the basket, ball handling, and his leadership. He is working on his mid range jumper and trying to find more consistency on his already accurate three point shot for the next level. Manning plans on taking more visits this summer after his high school season is over. He has two visits set up currently, one to Dayton for the Dayton/Xavier game in a few weeks and also one scheduled to Virginia Tech for the VT/North Carolina game. Manning has already visited UK, IU, Purdue, Dayton, Akron, and Ohio. Manning has already received a qualifying ACT score as a junior.