Standout Junior Center Making ACC Visits

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Chantilly (VA) center John Manning is in the midst of a flurry of visits, taking in three ACC schools beginning with today’s experience at the University of Virginia. The 6-11 junior, whose parents both attended UVa, has been to Charlottesville before. He has not, however, visited since Tony Bennett took over the program.

“[Today’s visit] was just about getting a chance to meet the new staff and watch the players work out,” Manning said. “I’ve seen the facilities, so I get to see those again. We’re heading down to Virginia Tech tonight and then I’m going to go to Clemson for a football game on Saturday.”

Manning’s initial impressions of Coach Bennett and company were positive. His impressions of UVa and its basketball program are favorable as well.

“I liked them,” Manning said, referring to the Cavaliers coaching staff. “It seemed like Coach Bennett knew his stuff. He is a nice guy to talk to. Real sincere.

“I like it [at Virginia]. I think they have a good group of guys there. They are pretty hungry to win. Obviously, Virginia is a nice place.”

Coach Bennett has not yet pulled the trigger on an offer for Manning, who said, “I think he wants to get a chance to watch me more. He hasn’t seen me too much.”

Manning does have one ACC offer in the fold. Virginia Tech offered over the summer, he says, and joins William & Mary as the standout junior’s first two college offers. He looks forward to tomorrow’s experience in Blacksburg.

“The last time I came down was for a football game last year,” Manning said. “I haven’t really gotten to see the campus, so hopefully I’ll get to see it all.”

Recruiting-wise, Manning does not plan to commit in the near future and remains open to all schools.

“I think I’d like to finish my junior season or even my junior year before making any decisions,” Manning said. “I’m

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