Monday, June 23, 2014

McManus Commits to Penn

It's not every day that a kid from New Hampshire commits to play Division I college basketball - this is one of those days. Not only will Collin McManus (Bedford, NH) be playing D-I college ball, but he'll be getting an education from the best academic conference in the country - the Ivy League. As first reported by the New England Recruiting Report, the 6-foot-10 center will take his talents to the University of Pennsylvania.

"The factors that led to my commitment were definitely the UPenn coaching staff and their commitment to the program as well as being able to play in the Ivy League which is getting more competitive every day" McManus told the NH Notebook. "Also being able to play in the Big 5 which is all the great Division I colleges in PA."

McManus was recruited by a slew of D-I schools, and it was just in the last week that Penn came to the forefront. Then the Quakers landed the commitment from the big man, adding to their Class of 2015 recruiting class.

"I visited UPenn on June 17th" explained McManus. "The visit went great. UPenn gave me a great feeling when I went there and the academics are unquestionably great. Everything there felt right. After I visited on the drive home was really when I started thinking about the school and what it had to offer. Other schools I visited were: Northeastern, Loyola, Quinnipiac, Holy Cross, Monmouth, Elon, George Mason, UNH and Lafayette. Colgate and UNH made me offers."

McManus attended Bedford High his freshman and sophomore years of high school, leading the Bulldogs to the NHIAA Division II title game as a sophomore. Then he transferred to Northfield Mount Hermon, where he helped the team win a National Prep Championship in 2013 and then the reach the semi-finals this year.

"I feel like I have made great gains since transferring to NMH" McManus pointed out. "I would attribute my improvement to John Carroll my NMH coach. He has helped me greatly as a coach and asked me a lot about what I want and what I would strive for. NMH helped me by playing with great talent as well as playing against teams in one of the best leagues."

McManus has played AAU for the NH Titans, the NE Playaz and this year for the Middlesex Magic. McManus becomes the second Northfield Mount Hermon player to commit to Penn for 2015, joining guard Jackson Donahue who also plays with McManus on the Middlesex Magic.

"Jackson is a good friend of mine, but we didn't visit UPenn together" said McManus, who is undecided on a major at this time. "It is unusual to have a teammate go to Penn as well, but I have not thought about it much when thinking about my commitment. We play AAU together as well as play at NMH, so I know him well and we are good friends on and off the court.

Not only has Mcmanus worked hard on the court to develop his game to be a Division I player but he has also achieved a balance with academics to get into an Ivy League school as prestigious as Penn.

"NMH helped me a lot in school because of the small classes and individual attention which was something I needed as a student" McManus concluded. "NMH also helped me find a balance between basketball and academics both at the highest level which is great preparation for the Ivy League."

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