Posted On: 12/20/16 12:56 PM
Kennedy Catholic’s Emilio Mancol is starting off the 2016-2017 season right where he left off, after averaging 19 points last season. He was named the MVP of the seamount league and made first team all league last season. Mancol is currently averaging 25 points per game after a strong 31 point performance over olympic and another 28 point performance over Hazen. Mancol intends to put up some big numbers all season long and bring some more wins to Kennedy Catholic.
“I look forward to being a better leader and being able to make my teammates better. As a point guard I have to lead by example and make sure my teams prepared. I have to put my teammates in better situations on the floor,” said Mancol.
Mancol is a smaller guard, but that doesn’t stop him from competing at a high level. He brings toughness and plays physical, blowing past defenders and finishing through contact. He’s a lights out shooter, constantly knocking down 3’s and creating separation for his mid-range pull up. He has a high basketball IQ and shows great leadership on the floor. He’s a vocal leader who plays with a lot of passion. He has room for improvement on defense, but still gives great effort.
“This summer I focused on preparing my body. I did a lot of conditioning because I know I have to play a lot of minutes. I worked on a lot of ball handling and moves off the dribble.”
“I watch a lot of film on elite points guards like Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas, and Tyler Ulis. I try and learn a lot from their style of play because they’re smaller guards like my self,” said Mancol.
After coming up short in the final four of the state tournament last season, Mancol plans on making another apperance for his senior year and going out on top.
“Being that close and losing by one point really hurt. That game stuck with me all summer. It made me grind even harder. This year we plan on coming back stronger and making it all the way to the championship this time.”
Mancol is under the radar and feels that a lot of teams are sleeping on him. He currently holds offers from Witworth University and George Fox University, which are both Division III.