Chantilly C John Manning commits to St. Louis
Chantilly center John Manning, a fourth-team All-Met center, verbally committed to St. Louis University on Monday.
The 6-foot-11 senior, who averaged nearly 11 points a game last year, chose the Billikens over George Mason, William & Mary, Tulane and Central Florida.
Manning, who averaged nearly 11 points a game last year, cited St. Louis basketball Coach Rick Majerus's track record of developing big men as a factor in the decision. Majerus has coached at Marquette and Ball State but is best known for his 15-year tenure at Utah in which he guided the Utes to the NCAA title game in 1998.
"I think the style of play and the coaching staff were a better fit for me," he said of St. Louis. "I'm pretty excited. It's cool that they play in the A-10, so they play some games close to here so my family can see," he added.
Alex Harris, a trainer at Springfield's Evolution Basketball who has worked with Manning since fifth grade, said the 17-year-old made the decision after visiting Tulane this past weekend.
"The kid has huge potential," Harris said. "He can be as good as he wants to be. He is going to a great college situation and a place that develops players."
| September 21, 2010; 12:59 PM ET
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