JUCO Big Man Valdir Manuel Will No Longer Enroll at Penn State

By Matthew Filipovits on June 25, 2020 at 8:59 am
Former Penn State basketball signee Valdir Manuel
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Junior college transfer Valdir Manuel will no longer enroll at Penn State, per a report by 247Sports.

The No. 2 JUCO center recruit in the country, Manuel has had a wild path to Division I basketball. A New Jersey native, Manuel was originally committed to Seton Hall out of high school, but never signed his Letter of Intent. He then was set to head to St. Joe's, but instead enrolled at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He committed to Saint John's during his freshman season, but his plans again changed once Chris Mullin was fired. Manuel committed to Penn State this October, in what was expected to be the end of his recruitment saga.

Manuel appeared in 18 games for Harcum College last season, averaging 20.6 points on just under 61% shooting, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. He finished his JUCO career as the Bears' third all-time leading rebounder.

With the graduation of Mike Watkins, Manuel was expected to be a key piece of Penn State's frontcourt, which now features just two players: John Harrar and Trent Buttrick. Class of 2019 signee Abdou Tsimbila could still join the program but was unable to enroll all of last season. 

Assuming Tsimbila is able to enroll, Penn State is now at the 13-scholarship player limit. 

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