Scout.com national recruiting director Dave Telep saw it last year during the Chick-Fil-A Tournament held in Columbia. What he saw was that Pinewood Prep School's Kenneth Manigault Jr. has a chance to become a college level guard. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Manigault for a quick Q&A to see just how things were going for the 2009 prospect.
KF: Talk about your season last year with Pinewood Prep.
KM: It was really good. We went 29-2 on the year. I don't recall what my personal stats were.
KF: Are you hearing from any colleges at this point?
KM: Not really anybody right now since I'm so young but Clemson has been one school that has shown me some interest already.
KF: Have you grown any since we last saw you?
KM: No sir I'm still 6'3 170 pounds.
KF: Are you playing AAU ball currently? If so with who?
KM: Yes sir I'm playing with the Lowcountry Heels right now. It's going pretty good.
KF: What do you feel are the strengths of your game at this point in your career Kenneth?
KM: Really driving with the ball and distributing the basketball to my teammates are my strengths.
KF: What areas do you want to work on the most?
KM: I am working hard on my jump shot. To make it more consistent.
KF: Do you have a favorite player or a player that you try to pattern your game after Kenneth?
KM: Yes sir. Dwayne Wade.
KF: Tell us about your best game ever Kenneth.
KM: It was against Charlotte Christian this past year. I did okay offensively but I had a good all around game from a point guard perspective. I think I went 2 for 2 from three point range and hit 6 of 8 free throws in that one. I was able to find my offense in that game.
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on Kenneth Manigault Jr. as the AAU season progresses and he prepares himself for his junior campaign at Pinewood Prep School.
Scout's Take: At this point Kenneth Manigault Jr. has the point guard tools and size that college coaches are looking for but he has to continue his offensive development. He has strong point guard skills but his offense is lacking in comparison. Some of that may be due to playing with a dominant post player in Milton Jennings.
For his stock to rise in college coach's eyes Manigault will have to up the ante on the offensive end. Should he do that he'll easily become a mid-major prospect. Entering just his junior season he still has plenty of time on his side. AAU play which is dominated by guards usually will be a great chance for him to continue to open eyes.