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Harcum College forward Valdir Manuel to announce Monday
UPDATED 10/21: Valdir Manuel will no longer announce on Monday, and will postpone his announcement until next week, he told ZAGSBLOG.
By ADAM ZAGORIAValdir Manuel, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward from Harcum College (PA), will announce his college commitment on Monday at noon, he told ZAGSBLOG.
Manuel, 20, will announce between Penn State, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
Manuel, who has previously committed to Seton Hall, St. Joe’s and St. John’s before attending junior college, averaged 13.3 points and 10.1 rebounds last season at Harcum while shooting 54 percent from the field. He previously starred at New Jersey prep power St. Patrick where he showed tremendous scoring variety in the paint.
“I have multiple skill dimensions,” the native of Angola said on Friday. “I can face up, I can dribble, I can rebound, I can defend, I can defend pick-and-roll. And I’m 6-10.
“And I’m more mature now. I take academics very serious now.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.