Four-star power forward Trevor Manuel poses for a picture during his official visit to the University of Oregon last weekend.
(Courtesy of Trevor Manuel)
Trevor Manuel, a four-star power forward who is among the nation's top 100 prospects, announced his commitment to the University of Oregon on Thursday afternoon.
The 6-foot-9 215-pound post, who had several schools in mind just a week ago, took his official visit to Eugene last weekend for the Oregon-Michigan State football game and was blown away.
After the trip Manuel insisted he would try to keep an open mind and visit other campuses before committing, but his excitement only grew as the week progressed.
On Thursday, Manuel said he called Oregon basketball coach Dana Altman to deliver the news that he was ready to commit.
"I just realized how much I loved it out there, and I just decided that I didn't need to see anybody else," Manuel said. "I'd seen it all."
The National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp invitee chose the Ducks over offers from Florida State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Northwestern, USC, Wake Forest and others.
In the end, the official visit proved to be the game-changer.
"It was everything. Every part that they showed me, I loved it," he said. "Everything they showed me I absolutely fell in love with – the players, the coaches, the fans, the environment, everything. I just loved it all."
Manuel, who will play his senior season at Everett High School in Lansing, Michigan, said Oregon was unique because of the closeness of the basketball program. Casey Benson, Elgin Cook and Joseph Young, his hosts, shared a bond that the four-star power forward was immediately drawn to.
"Really, it felt like a family out there," he said. "I haven't seen that from everybody that I've talked to, but they are really family based and family-oriented. I'm a big family guy, I love that."
Manuel is the second known commitment for Oregon's Class of 2015, joining four-star point guard Kendall Small.