Kenny Manigault is a 6-foot-4 freshman guard from Charleston, S.C. Wichita State fans got an early look at his skills when Pinewood (S.C.) Prep played on Oak Hill (Va.) Academy on ESPNU in April. He is quick and athletic and unselfish as a point guard. He did not look out of place against one of the nation’s best collections of talent.
Q: When friends back home ask about Kansas, how do you describe it?
A: It’s different from Charleston. Everybody around here is nice. You don’t get that back in Charleston. If you walk by somebody, they say ‘Hi, how are you doing.’ In Charleston, they don’t do that. The weather’s been just like Charleston, with the heat and everything.
Q: Which returning Shockers makes the biggest impression on you?
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A: David Kyles and Toure Murry. DK, he can pretty score on anybody who guards him. He can shoot. Toure plays probably the best defense on the team.
Q: Give us a one sentence scouting report on fellow freshmen Tyler Richardson and Jerome Hamilton.
A: Tyler, he’s a good back-to-the basket player. Jerome, he’s a pretty good post player. He can finish with a dunk every time he catches the ball.
Q: Kobe or LeBron?
A: LeBron. He goes for a triple-double every night.