PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville has landed two members of its men’s basketball recruiting class for next season.
K.J. Manigault and Bruce Reed are both transfers who will be on the squad next season.
Manigault (MAN-ah-galt) is a 6-5 guard from Charleston, S.C., who played at Wichita State and USC Aiken. He was named the top freshman point guard coming into the Missouri Valley Conference prior to the 2009-10 season.
As a true freshman at Wichita State, he played in 16 games for the Shockers, averaging 7.2 minutes per game posting 1.6 points and 0.9 rebounds per game for Wichita State that season. He shot 41.2 percent from the field.
As a sophomore in 2010-2011 at USC Aiken, Manigault played in seven games, starting two. He averaged 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 54.5% from the field.
In 2008, he was named the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Player of the Year while helping his Pinewood Prep team to four consecutive state titles from 2006-09. He was chosen all-region from 2006-08 and all-state in both 2007 and 2008 and averaged 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals at Pinewood Prep High School in Summerville, S.C.
Reed is a 6-7 forward from Olathe, Kan., who is transferring to UPike from Morehead State. He played in 31 games for the Eagles, averaging 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free-throw line. He also shot 40 percent from the three-point line. He reached double figures on five occasions and scored a career-best 14 points at Oakland (Mich.).
He spent two seasons at Hutchinson Community College, helping the Blue Dragons to 59 wins and only seven losses. As a sophomore, he averaged 6.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks while shooting 47 percent from the field and 63 percent from the line. The year prior, he averaged 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. As a freshman, he sank 48 percent overall and 71 percent from the line while recording five double-doubles. He had 127 blocked shots, which is second on the school’s all-time list.