Thomas Manzano Recovering Nicely From Injury

Reporter Mike Sullivan was at Pace University yesterday and spoke to New Yorker Thomas Manzano about his season ...

Thomas Manzano is a delight to watch. He has a nose for the ball and only incorporates one direction in his offensive game -- straight to the rim.

Manzano is currently competing for Bill Barton's talent rich Notre Dame Prep basketball program. "I am having a great time," said Manzano, who helped his team defeat South Kent School yesterday afternoon at Pace University.

"The practices are great too. There are so many good players on the team so it's very competitive."

Manzano, a 6-foot-2 guard from Brooklyn, New York, has the ability to jump over players and score around the basket. However, some of his jumping is temporarily in the recovering process. "He had some surgery on his knee on November 9th," said Barton. "This was his best game since he was back."

Manzano, a 2008 prospect, scored 19 points in 25 minutes of play. "It's starting to feel better," Manzano said. "It had bothered me during the summer. So I had it taken care of."

Thomas is likely to be recruited by division one programs over the next season. "He's a good player," Barton said. "He can get to the basket and score against anyone."

Barton said Kansas State and Providence have shown some early interest in Manzano. But it's early in Thomas' recruiting process. For now, Manzano is concentrating on three things -- "I am trying to get stronger, get my knee better and work hard in the classroom."

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