Manning Discusses VT, Clemson Trips

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John Manning ‘s 3-school trip last week was productive…long, but productive. The 6-11, 220-pound Chantilly (VA) junior started last Wednesday with a visit to the University of Virginia, toured Virginia Tech last Thursday and ended with a trip to Clemson on Saturday. TSL caught up with the Manning following the first leg of the trip, and now he took time to discuss the latter two visits.

Manning, accompanied by his parents, traveled to Blacksburg last Wednesday night. The next day he met up with the entire Tech coaching staff including head coach Seth Greenberg.

“I got to see the whole campus,” recalled Manning, who had taken in a Tech football game before but had never thoroughly seen Virginia Tech’s campus. “The new practice facility there is amazing. I watched two workouts, actually. I watched some of the post guys’ workout and then some of the wing players’ workout.”

Tech is Manning’s lone high-major offer at the moment. Coach Greenberg offered over the summer and has impressed the Northern Virginia standout.

“Coach Greenberg is a real nice guy,” Manning said. “Basically, he tells you he wants you to do what’s best for you. He wants you to go somewhere you think you’ll feel comfortable and play for someone you’ll enjoy playing for.”

Manning’s size certainly is evident, but the mobility he possesses seems to have impressed Greenberg.

“I think he likes me being an active big man,” said Manning, who averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and over three blocks per game last season as a sophomore. “I think I’m a mobile big man. I’m not just a big bruiser out there. I can get up and down the court.”

Manning, who also claims an offer from William & Mary, has interest from Clemson and appears interested in the Tigers following a good visit last weekend.

“It went well,” Manning said of the Clemson experience. “It was my first time down there and the first time really meeting anyone