Point guards are usually the main component that college coaches must have in order to make sure that their offense is directed correctly. In an era where more and more players are looking to score the ball rather than being a "throwback" pure point guard who looks to set up teammates first before looking for their own offense players like Manigault are becoming more and more rare. "KJ" hit the road this weekend to visit a few schools and came back with some much needed information and a scholarship offer.
Manigault made the road trip with his mother and a cousin to the state of Virginia. On Friday he spent time in Charlottesville with the Cavaliers staff and took a tour of the campus. The 2009 prospect talked about his time at Virginia. "My visit at UVA was probably one of my most memorable visits yet. Coach Leitao and Seymour are great coaches. The campus was very nice. My mom, little cousin, and I really enjoyed it. I got to meet with their academic advisors too."
While on campus in Charlottesville he spent a good bit of time at John Paul Jones Arena. "It was a very nice gym. It's not like any other gym that I have seen. They have just about everything you need if you are playing basketball for them. They have a study hall for their players and a cafeteria that the players can go to right after practice. Their weight room is also located in the gym. There strengyh coach is just for the mens basketball team which is good because he goes on all the trips and games with the team."
From previous conversations with Manigault he stresses that academics are going to play a vital role in his decision making process. Virginia was a school that he wasn't very familiar with prior to the visit but he learned a lot about their academic standing while there. "I now realize that UVA is a very competitive school for academics. Even their academic advisor is competitive. She stays on top of all the players. She only works specifically with the mens basketball team."
KJ also got a sense of how family oriented the program is as well. He says he was able to meet all of the current players on the team with exception of two freshmen who were in study hall at the time. He also talked about where Virginia lands on his list of schools who are recruiting him currently. "Actually yes the visit to Virginia did move them up on my list of favorites. The trip gave me a better feel for their campus and how the players' days go."
"My visit to Richmond was good. They have a very nice campus. The campus and the coaches really stood out for me. It was my first time getting to meet with the head coach."
"I also had a visit to VCU. I got to sit down and talk to coach Grant and coach Brennan. They actually had team camp going on so after my tour of the campus which was good I went back to watch the championship game and afterwards I met with Eric Maynor. He is a very nice guy. All the little kids were running behind him asking him for his autograph."
When asked if he got any good news on the trip he said, "Coach Leitao has only seen me play one game so he said he has to see me some more before they offer. Richmond actually offered me."
Although the trip to Virginia was very good across the board KJ says he still has no favorite at this point in his recruitment. His next stop will be to Wichita State for their elite camp.
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