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LSU Basketball Inks Two Signees In Early Signing Period

Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE – LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade has announced Thursday that the national letter-of-intent papers have been received and approved for both James Bishop of Baltimore, Maryland and Charles Manning, Jr., of Riverhead, New York.

Bishop, who attends Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, is a 6-2, 170 pound combo guard who is ranked as a four-star prospect by ESPN. He is rated the No. 24 combo guard in the country by 247Sports.

Manning is attending Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Florida. He is a 6-5, 180-pound guard who averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his freshman year at Florida SouthWestern State. In conference play, he averaged 12.9 points, 5.1 boards and shot 53.1 percent from the field, scoring in double figures 22 times.

“We welcome both James Bishop and Charles Manning, Jr., to our LSU Basketball family,” said LSU Coach Will Wade.

“James Bishop will be able to add to our perimeter game with his ability to shoot and score at a high level. He is an extremely hard worker, was a top scorer on the Under Armour circuit, and we look forward to him becoming a Tiger.

“Charles Manning has a great deal of versatility in his game and when I watched him play, he proved to be the hardest playing guy on the basketball court,” said Coach Wade. “He will bring an edge and attitude to our team. We look forward to him joining us for the 2019-20 season.”

Bishop averaged 18 points per games last season in his second year as a start for the Gaels. He helped Mount Saint Joseph to a 31-7 record.

Manning, a second team Suncoast All-Conference second-team selection in 2018, averaged 14 points, six rebounds and 2.5 steals per game at Combine Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina in high school. Manning started his hoops career at Riverhead High School and as a junior led Bridgehampton to its first title in 17 years.

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