Things have been going well for Kenneth Manigault here lately. He recently made the top 100 list for Scout.com's class of 2009. Although he wasn't included in the latest release of the rankings it's still an honor to be selected to list at any point in time. The Pinewood Prep standout also helped lead his team to another SCISA state championship this year with teammates Milton Jennings and Ryan Steed. He's also running with a new AAU squad this year and for the most part he's enjoyed some success on the travel circuit as well.
When you take a look at things it's hard not to like Manigault's upside. He's got great size for a point guard checking in at 6'3 and he's a solid passer. His perimeter game continues to improve and he's becoming better and better each time we see him play. Colleges have been taking notice of Manigault's talents for quite some time but things have picked up quite a bit here lately.
How much you ask? Manigault shared with us his most recent list of suitors. "I'm hearing from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Presbyterian, Marquette, Michigan, SMU, Florida State, Wichita State, Chattanooga, UNC Wilmington, Winthrop, Charleston Southern, Citadel, Richmond, Holy Cross, and Coastal Carolina." While he still awaits that elusive first scholarship offer there are some schools who are really pursuing him with heavier interest than the others at this point. "South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Winthrop, Wichita State, Presbyterian, Richmond, and Florida State are coming after me the hardest I'd say."
It's still too early for Manigault to announce any favorites amongst those schools. For now he's focused on improving and continuing to play well on the AAU circuit. The 2009 standout is now playing with the Carolina Celtics and he talked about his experience thus far with coach Jonathan Campbell's squad. "It's been going good except for the two big tournaments (Akron and Houston...aka King James and Kingwood Classic) that I missed because I had an ankle injury."
Raising another SCISA state title was something Manigault and his Pinewood Prep teammates did this year. "It was good to win another one but it's not quite as good as that first one." While he's enjoyed a great deal of success Manigault realizes there are phases of his game that he'll continually work on to improve his stock in hopes of turning that big time interest into scholarship offers. "I will be working more on my shooting and dribbling ability this offseason."
Thus far the 2009 prospect hasn't made any visits to any potential schools but that will change come next month. "I leave June 27th to visit Wichita State for a couple of days for their elite camp. I am looking forward to that."
Four main factors will weigh heaviest for Manigault as he starts to breakdown the list of schools he's hearing from. "Education, playing time, coaching staff, and location will be really important for me when picking."
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