Detroit Adds Manuel & Williams

November 13th, 2009
Detroit Titans head basketball coach Ray McCallum has made a quick dip into the high school talent pool, opening the NCAA’s November signing period by inking two highly-ranked prospects – forward Jordan Manuel (Indianapolis, IN/Howe) and guard Frank Williams (Raytown, MO/Raytown).

Manuel (6-9, 200) and Williams (6-5, 170) will enter UDM as freshmen next fall. They will help fill out a Titan roster which loses four 2010 seniors to graduation.

“I’m really pleased with these two players we’ve signed. They’re the kind of players who can help us move into the first division of the Horizon League,” coach McCallum noted. “They come from outstanding high school programs, where they received outstanding coaching. They understand the importance of winning.”

Manuel has been a steady player for the Hornets during his high school career, and averaged 18.4 points and nine rebounds a game as a all-league junior while steadily attracting college recruiters’ attention. He helped lead Howe to the Indianapolis Public School Athletic Conference championship along the way. As a sophomore, he scored 13.1 points while collecting 8.2 rebounds a contest.

“Jordan is a very versatile player. He can play inside and he can play outside. He’s a deep-range shooter. He led the City of Indianapolis in rebounding. He’s a very good athlete who is going to develop into an outstanding inside-outside player for us,” McCallum said.

Williams – whose father played collegiately at the Air Force Academy – posted a 22.0 scoring average as a high school junior at Raytown while also grabbing six rebounds and passing off for four assists a game en route to all-conference honors. He really stood out during the spring and summer AAU campaign, leading Spiece Mo-Kan Elite to a 52-8 overall record and championships in five of the eight tournaments the team entered. He shot over 40% from beyond the three-point arc in AAU play, and was invited to the LeBron James and Paul Pierce skills camps.

“Frank is an outstanding long range shooter,” McCallum observed. “He will play a major role in our perimeter attack.”