A couple of days ago, former Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings agreed to a six-year deal to replace Jamie Dixon as the head coach at Pittsburgh. Stallings coached at Vandy for 17 seasons and led them to seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
With a new regime in Pitt, power forward Corey Manigault (Paul VI, VA.) and guard Justice Kithcart (Virginia Episcopal, VA.) have asked to be released from their National Letter of Intent.
Manigault committed to play for the Panthers on March 16, 2015 and signed with the school during the Early Signing Period that took place in the fall. The 6 foot 8 senior is rated a three-star and ranked the No. 11 player in Virginia by 247sports.com. At the time of his commitment to Pitt, Corey felt like his relationship with coach Dixon made it the best situation for him.
“Me and my mom were talking about it and I feel like I have a really good relationship with Coach [Jamie] Dixon and [assistant] coach [Marlon] ‘Smoke’ [Williamson],” Manigault said in an article by the Washington Post. “I felt like it’s the best situation with how they play.”
During the 2015-16 season, Corey alongside players like VJ King, Aaron Thompson, and Brandon Slater helped Paul VI to a 20-14 record and runner-up to the Virginia State Championship. Manigault was second on the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game.
Corey holds offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Miami, Xavier, VCU, Temple, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Rhode Island, and UMass.
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