2021 frontcourt talent Exauce Manissa talks Saint Joseph and more

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 14 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship – St Josephs v Dayton
14 MAR 2013: Saint Joseph’s Hawks Mascot during the first half of the game between the Saint Joseph’s Hawks and the Dayton Flyers played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY. The Saint Joseph’s Hawks defeated the Dayton Flyers 70-67.

Exauce Manissa is a 6’9 power forward who played for West Oaks high school in Orlando after spending time at First Love Christian Academy in Washington, Pennsylvania. Teams that have sent him an offer include UALR, Houston, and Cleveland State. The 2021 prospect talked with me about his recruitment and more for Philly Sports Network.

Leader: How have you and your family been holding up during this tough pandemic time?

Manissa: I mean here and back home is different because here people worry so much about COVID and it’s not the same back there. But we hear people always talk about it!

Leader: You told me Saint Josephs is recruiting you. How often do they stay in contact with you?

Manissa: Yes, Saint Josephs used to call my phone but since I was transferred to First Love Christian Academy they laid off me.

Leader: What have they said they like about you? Do you plan a virtual visit anytime soon?

Manissa: I mean they asked me if I wanted to play with one of my ex-teammates because he plays for them now (Jadrian Tracey) because they already watched us play together.

Leader: Who is recruiting you from Saint Joseph?

Manissa: The coach was trying to recruit me was coach Justin Scott..

Leader: What was your best game last season?

Manissa: My best game was the semi-final against victory Rock

Leader: Where are you from?

Manissa: I’m from Africa Congo Brazzaville

Leader: To win you have to have a tough big man. What type of impact do you offer to a program? What has gotten better this year that scouts will see?

Manissa: My defense and my shooting, how I run the floor, and how I play above the rim.

Leader: When will you commit?

Manissa: I will commit soon before the end of the season.

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