Wright State basketball signs James Manns


DAYTON -- James Manns, a 6-7, 205-pound forward at Kingston Academy in Middletown, Ohio, has decided to attend Wright State and play basketball for the Raiders next fall, WSU head coach Scott Nagy announced today.

Manns, a native of Columbus, Ohio, averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and one assist at Kingston this past season after playing at Walnut Ridge the year before when he helped lead the Scots to back-to-back Columbus City-South Division championships and a berth in the Ohio Division II Final Four. Manns averaged 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds at Walnut Ridge as a senior.

"James is perfect for our system," Nagy said. "He has great hands and is a tremendous passer. He handles the ball very well, and is extremely effective in the post. James will be a matchup problem for most teams as they try to figure out how to guard him. He will have an opportunity to impact our team right away."

The Raiders signed 6-0 guard Tyler Mitchell during the early-signing period while guard Cole Gentry transferred to WSU from South Dakota State last December. Jaylon Hall, a 6-5 guard from Doss High School in Louisville, Kentucky, signed on the first day of the late-signing period. Last week, Bill Wampler, a sophomore guard from Drake, transferred to WSU and will sit out the upcoming season. Wright State finished the 2016-17 season with 20 wins and an RPI of 115, its highest ranking since 2009.

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