On Thursday, Penn State Basketball picked up a commitment for the 2020 recruiting class, landing Valdir Manuel.
College Basketball season is upon us, and Penn State Basketball is gearing up to take on the new season. The season hasn’t begun yet, but the recruiting cycle for next year is starting to pan out already for the Lions. And so far, their 2020 class looks quite solid.
Just last season, Penn State ranked 79th in the nation for its 2019 recruiting cycle. With only two total enrollees, they didn’t make much of a splash when gaining new prospects. However, for the 2020 season, they will double that number.
As of Thursday, Penn State picks up its fourth commitment for 2020, and this acquisition is quite interesting. Unlike the first three prospects to commit, Valdir Manuel will join the 2020 class as a JUCO prospect. Hailing from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the New Jersey native Valdir Manuel has decided to take his talents to Penn State for next season.
Valdir Manuel’s official announcement
“I went to JUCO, and I grinded every day,” Manuel wrote on Twitter. “I fought and stayed true. I learned a lot of stuff about life, and I realized with hard work, you can change your journey, and today is a beautiful day. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be spending the next chapter of my life and continuing my academic and basketball career at the Penn State University.”
Manuel joins Penn State as a three-star prospect at the center position according to Rivals. The six-foot-nine-inch, 225-pound prospect had ten offers on the table before joining Penn State. Now, there is no question that he will be headed to Happy Valley next season.