Hawaii basketball lands 6-7 junior college standout Manel Ayol

Courtesy of Manel Ayol Twitter.

Manel Ayol, a versatile junior college player, has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team.

Ayol, who recently completed his sophomore season at Western Wyoming College, said he will sign a letter of intent with the Rainbow Warriors. The NCAA’s signing period for basketball is set to begin on April 15, although that starting date might change as schedules are being reconfigured because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Ayol said he is firm in his decision based on largely on the Rainbow Warriors’ program and the relationship he developed with the coaching staff. Ayol and UH guard Junior Madut are close friends who were both born in South Sudan and grew up in Australia.

“We go way back,” Ayol said of Madut. “I’ve known him for eight years or so.”

On choosing UH, Ayol said, “I’m happy with my decision. I’m confident with it. I can’t wait (to sign).”

Ayol, who is 6 feet 7, can play all five positions, although he said he most comfortable on the perimeter. He is skilled on drives, step-back jumpers, and on shots launched from behind the arc (39.3% on 3s).

Ayol was named the Region IX Player of the Year after averaging 16.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists this past season. The Mustangs were 30-4 this past season in winning the Region IX title. They qualified for the 16-team NJCAA national tournament, which was canceled because of the pandemic concerns.

Ayol said unrest in South Sudan led his family to relocate to Australia when he was 5 years old. He began playing basketball extensively in 2012 when it was suggested he was better suited for that sport than soccer. He competed on a club team in Melbourne through 2015, when he moved to Denver for the final two years of high school.

Ayol will be the third member of the Warriors’ 2020 recruiting class.

Beon Ja Riley, a 6-6 guard from San Diego, signed with UH the past November. Biwali Bayles, a 6-1 point guard from Australia, said he will will put his commitment in writing on the first day of the signing period for basketball.


  1. ai-eee-soos March 23, 2020 3:21 pm

    GO Basket BOWS !!!

    GO WARRIORS !!! – BEAT arizona !!!

  2. sackkabooya March 24, 2020 10:39 am

    I think this might be that “missing piece” Ganot really needed to get this team on the top in the Big West. A versatile, athletic “go to” guy who can take advantage of all kinds of varying types of mismatches. The roster is now very “flexible” and “adaptable” to any opponent (especially Big West wise) both offensively or defensively. Now just need (my opinion) the three bigs to focus in on their individual strengths so that skill set (role) can be plugged in as necessary vs other teams 5’s. You can see the value of each individual now. Whole roster. Unreal. Quite a difference with Gerlufsen. Awesome.

  3. NorthShoreFan March 24, 2020 12:14 pm

    Ganot has got to “expedite” the progress of his bigs. If the middle can be a threat to opposing teams things will fall in place for this team.

  4. cappie the $2000 dog March 24, 2020 9:08 pm

    Something to look forward to.

  5. jm2375 March 25, 2020 8:55 am

    Off-topic: vote for Rado & Pat Gasman for top MVB senior

    I find it kinda ironic that there’s a “Yuval Katz Region” since he didn’t stay until his senior year.

    MBB should be renamed “Australia North” since we have so many Aussies.

    Stay safe everyone!

  6. NorthShoreFan March 25, 2020 11:37 am

    Stay safe and enjoy the quarantine….?….:(

  7. Whitey March 26, 2020 9:25 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Hope everyone is in good health and coping with the lockdown. Am glad to see many stores finally putting their foot down on hoarding. ALL SALES FINAL, NO RETURNS. This was long overdue and should have been mandatory whenever there is panic buying. Crowd prevention was a goal of the lockdown but it resulted in more crowding. Just go to Costco in the morning and see if they are encouraging social distancing. What a joke ! We have been very lucky that the C virus infection has been low in Hawaii and most are doing their part to stay self quarantined. My best to all of you and hope none of you get this disease. In the meantime, GO WARRIORS

  8. cappie the $2000 dog March 26, 2020 3:19 pm

    My Safeway has a plastic shield to protect both cashier and customer. They also laid down black tape at the checkout line to encourage social distancing.

  9. islandman March 27, 2020 9:42 am

    Dawson Carper also entered the Transfer Portal, if you didn’t see it yet.

  10. NorthShoreFan March 27, 2020 12:23 pm

    Fred Holly rated 3* by 247 sports….
    we got Calvin Turner wr? 6-1 190
    Isaiah Tufaga 6-0 199 ILB frm Oregon St.
    Devin Kaufusi BYwho in the portal….de 6-6 200

  11. cappie the $2000 dog March 27, 2020 7:21 pm


    I guess he needed more than one devout fan.

  12. THE burro sabio March 28, 2020 8:58 am

    I thought Carper was a good back-up center who could come in and play 10-15 minutes, bang on the other teams bigs, and get a few put-backs. As a starter, sorry but no. Good luck to him, there are a lot of schools he can play at in Colorado.

  13. islandman March 28, 2020 11:44 am

    Also, for UH Wbb, Edwards and Johnson are in the transfer portal.

  14. islandman March 28, 2020 2:56 pm

    Add Villa in the transfer portal

  15. cappie the $2000 dog March 28, 2020 6:04 pm

    Tbs: 1) Northern Colorado 2) Denver 3) Colorado State 4) Colorado

    I think the Big West is slightly better than the Big Sky and Summit. I hope so, anyway. I’m very disappointed. Hands went raw every time Carper scored. I feel the same way about Lauren Rewers. Now there’s an interesting case. If Rewers was quicker, you could move her to power forward. Best three-point shooter after Amy Atwell.

    Lammaria Jackson, we never got to know you. Makayla Edwards, too.

    Hawaii should go the JC route.

  16. cappie the $2000 dog March 28, 2020 6:08 pm

    i: Jessiya Villa, too? Selective sight. I saw it, but I was in denial. BYU?

  17. cappie the $2000 dog March 29, 2020 8:30 am

    i: Just checking in for your transfer portal updates.

  18. Whitey March 29, 2020 10:04 am

    Both men and women basketball are like the stock market. The ups and downs can make anyone dizzy

  19. cappie the $2000 dog March 29, 2020 7:19 pm

    W: “Stimulus” is a misnomer if nobody is spending money. The highlight of my day is buying groceries.

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