Bulldogs Sign 6-5 Wing Mangisto Arop From Canada
Nov. 13, 2008
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few added another player to the Bulldog fold with the signing of 6-5, 185-pound wing Mangisto "Manny" Arop to a letter of intent Thursday.
His first name is pronounced Man-GEESE-toe, his last name pronounced "rop" (the "a" is silent) but he goes simply by Manny.
Arop, born in the Sudan, currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he plays with Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) which is basically Canada's Junior National Team.
He recently set a single-game scoring NEDA scoring record with 42 points, and this past summer played for Canada in the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina. He averaged 17.0 ppg to rank second, 10.2 rpg to rank third, shot 52.8 percent from the field on 23-for-58 and 87.5 percent from the line on 14-of-15 in the five tournament games as Canada placed fifth. He had 21 points and 9 rebounds against the U.S. in the tourney.
"Manny is a high energy player with a great competitive streak," Few said. "His skill level is something to be excited about. He has a great opportunity to be effective for us at both ends of the court."
His mother and four brothers left Sudan when he was 9-years-old and lived in Kenya prior to re-locating to Regina, Saskatchewan. Arop then spent a year in Edmonton, Alberta, before joining Basketball Canada's NEDA program, which is a year-round junior development camp.
The Bulldogs signed 6-8 center/forward Sam Dower from Osseo, Minn., High School on Wednesday, the first day of letter-of-intent signing.
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