Always thought of as one of the most talented young players in the state, Manning is now in position to show his abilities. And he's also confident in his teammates' talent. "We always have high expectations," said Manning. "We lost four or five good players. But we've got a lot of good talent here. We're ready to step up and work hard. We have to prove ourselves," said Manning.
Manning, 6-foot-4, 180-pounds, already has great size to go with his abilities, though he knows what he has to do to get better. "I want to get a consistent three point shot. I'm still real young and I want to get better at everything," Manning said.
"I get to the basket real well. I handle the ball real well. My defense is good too. Those are the strengths of my game."
Playing with seniors Chad Jackson, Dakotah Euton and Ge-Lawn Guyn, Manning learned to defer to the older players. As a sophomore, he averaged six points, four rebounds and nearly three assists per game. But schools know his skill level, despite his statistics.
"I'm wide open right now. This is still my sophomore year. I'm sure as recruiting picks up I'll have it down to a few schools," said Manning.
Manning is running with Hoop Dreams Academy AAU this spring and summer.