Manyawu earns all-conference basketball honors for Park

Platte County graduate Freddie Manyawu earned second-team honors from the All-American Midwest Conference while playing for Park University this season. Originally at Missouri Western, Manyawu averaged 12.3 points and a team-best 6.9 rebound per game for the Pirates, garnering the eighth-most points in AMC voting and coming up just 10 points shy of a first team slot. He started 23 games in his junior season and became a AMC defensive player of the year nominee with 29 blocks and 36 steals.

A 2011 graduate of Platte County, Manyawu averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game as a senior, earning Class 4 all-state honors from both Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

“Freddie is one of the more athletic players in the league, and some of the things he did at the rim, both on offense and defense, were very impressive,” Park coach Jason Kline said. “He will be a key contributor for us in his senior season, and we will need that same kind of athleticism in 2015-16.”

Park finished the season with a 16-12 overall record ( 14-8 mark and fifth in AMC) after a 80-67 loss to Williams Baptist College in the league tournament quarterfinals on March 6.