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Manuel Interest Picks Up

Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley


A year ago Trevor Manuel was ready to take lead and provide a bigger role for two-time defending State Champion Lansing (MI.) Sexton High School.  While the three-peat attempt ended in the regional finals, the 6'9" 2015 forward showed the skill and production with a blend of potential that drew offers and interest across the nation. This past week, Manuel opened up the season for his new school, Oak Hill Academy (VA.), with two wins and has been a solid contributor on the glass and defensively for the basketball powerhouse.  The prestigous Virginia based academy is well known for winning National Championships on the high school level as well as providing a who's who of college and NBA players.  

The lanky skilled forward started the second game of the season finishing with 6 points, an equal amount of blocked shots, and eight rebounds in the 100-69 victory over Elevate Prep.  He says he's learned to be more "independent" since the move, weighs 200-pounds, and the "workouts and practices are a lot more intense and more challenging."  When talking about recent interest, Manuel stated via text "Illinois, Missouri, the whole Big 10, Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and a lot more (have called)." 

"Wake Forest and Michigan have also shown heavy interest," per his father, Jimmy Manuel.

His last offer came by the way of Oregon in the summer to join Michigan State, NC State, Providence, and Eastern Michigan.

He also says, "(College coaches should see two senior teammates) 6'7" shooting guard Jeff Uju and 6'6" shooting guard Nkem Ubaru."

This Friday, Oak Hill and Manuel get their first true test of the season when they hit the road to Winston-Salem to face Quality Education.

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