Kenneth Manigault Jr. drew plenty of attention on the recruiting front but this past Monday he felt it was time to go ahead and pull the trigger. Manigault called us Monday and told us where he plans to play his collegiate ball and more.
"I just committed to Wichita State. I called coach Grant and gave my commitment to him since he was the one who was recruiting me the hardest from their staff. He was really excited and said that he always wanted to coach a Charleston boy. (Grant is originally from South Carolina)"
With the decision made Manigault talked about how it feels to have that weight off his shoulders. "It's a great feeling because now when I wake up I don't have to think where I am going to be playing in the next 4 years after high school." Manigault suited up for the Carolina Celtics on the AAU circuit this season and he talked about what it's been like this summer. "My offseason has been good. My jumpshot has come along a little bit and my strength has increased also."
Coach Gregg Marshall and the Shockers already have a regiment in place as to what areas they want to see KJ put forth extra effort in order to be ready when he arrives. "They told me the they want me to start working on my jumper a little harder." Should he continue to improve his jumper to help keep defenders honest don't be surprised to see Manigault make another appearance on the Scout.com Top 100 list again for the 2009 class. A pass first lead guard, Manigault at 6'4 has tremendous size and a frame that coaches from South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia Tech, and Richmond all took a long hard look at before he made his call on Monday.
Considering all of those aforementioned schools who were showering Manigault with interest there's always a chance that he'll still be bombarded on the recruiting trail. Would that leave the door open to change his mind? "I will listen to what other schools have to say but I am 110% commited to Wichita State."
Paired with fellow 2009 standout PF Milton Jennings (Clemson commit) the new Shocker commit has won a number of SCISA state championships during the last few seasons. We asked him if he liked their chances to do it one more time as a senior swan song. "This is going to be our toughest year to win state. Our rivals Porter-Gaud will probably give us a run for our money this year for state."
To conclude our interview with Manigault we asked him to play the word association game and it went as follows:
Wichita State: Marshall
Pinewood Prep: Eidson
Point Guard: captain
The Best: Jordan
Sickest move: crossover
KJ Manigault: coachable
SCPrepNation.com and Scout.com will have more updates with Kenneth Manigault as he prepares for his senior season with Pinewood Prep so stay tuned as we continue to bring you the very best high school hoops recruiting coverage!