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Kendal Manuel

Kendal Manuel.

MISSOULA — Former Billings Skyview standout Kendal Manuel, an Oregon State transfer, committed to the Montana men’s basketball team Thursday afternoon.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard announced his commitment on Twitter.

A redshirt junior-to-be, he’ll have to sit out the 2018-19 season because of transfer rules and will have at least one season of eligibility remaining. Manuel was sidelined his entire true freshman season because of an injury but has yet to apply for a medical hardship waiver; if he receives the waiver, he'll have two seasons of eligibility.

“Staying Home, Go Griz #committed,” Manuel tweeted, along with a picture of him on a basketball court and a picture of a basketball game at Dahlberg Arena.

Manuel shot 38.4 percent on 3-pointers (66 of 172) in 61 games at Oregon State. He made 1.63 3-pointers per game during his first season on the court.

He averaged 5.3 points and shot 38.1 percent from the field over his two seasons. As a redshirt freshman, he started 25 games and averaged 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. However, his minutes declined from 28.8 to 10.7 this past season as he came off the bench in all 29 games he played.

He sat out his true freshman season because of a broken fibula in his right leg, which he injured during a preseason practice.

Manuel is the third player Montana has committed or signed in the Class of 2018. Bozeman senior Mack Anderson signed in November, and Eddy Egun, a high school senior out of California, signed in April.

The Griz have two scholarships remaining for the Class of 2018. The signing period for basketball remains open through May 16.

Manuel led Skyview to its first State AA title, in 2015. He played for former Griz player and coach Wayne Tinkle at Oregon State. He was a teammate of former Missoula Hellgate star Tres Tinkle.

Frank Gogola covers Montana Grizzlies men's basketball for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at Frank.Gogola@406mtsports.com.

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