Oklahoma received its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2017 Thursday night, and the Sooners have managed to keep an in-state prospect home. 6-foot-8 forward Brady Manek, who attends Harrah HS in Harrah, Oklahoma, announced via Twitter that he’ll play his college basketball for Lon Kruger.
Manek held offers from programs such as Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Oral Roberts, Creighton, Mercer and Santa Clara, and he took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State earlier this week. And Brady’s the second verbal commitment in the Manek family in the last two months, as older brother Kellen verbally committed to Oral Roberts in mid-August.
Manek played his grassroots basketball for the Oklahoma Wizards Elite program this summer on the adidas Gauntlet circuit. Brady still has two years of high school basketball to play, which leaves room for progression for a player who can score both around the basket and from the perimeter.
At present time Oklahoma has two scholarship upperclassmen in its front court rotation in senior Ryan Spangler and junior Akolda Manyang. Among those who will have eligibility remaining when Manek arrives on campus are sophomore Khadeem Lattin, redshirt freshmen Dante Buford and Jamuni McNease and 2016 commits Kristian Doolittle and Matt Freeman.