College of Charleston 6-foot-7 men’s basketball freshman forward Jaylen McManus will give the Cougars additional depth on the wing this season.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., McManus was one of the top players in the Tar Heel state and ranked as high as No. 12 with offers from more than 20 NCAA Division I schools. He was named third team all-state, first team all-region and first team all-district as a senior under head coach Duane Lewis at North Mecklenburg High School.
The Vikings also finished with a 27-3 overall record and advanced to the final four of the state playoffs. McManus averaged 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and shot 38 percent from beyond the three-point arc. He capped off his senior campaign with selection to the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Game.
“Jaylen is extremely talented and adds a unique dimension to our program,” CofC Head Coach Earl Grant said. “He is a big and long wing player. He is very athletic and a very good shooter from the perimeter. Jaylen had a great high school basketball career at North Mecklenburg High School which is a program that has produced really good players and has a great tradition. He is eager and excited to come in and help us. We definitely need his length, athleticism and ability to shoot the ball.”