Solomon Mangham is a Class of 2013 guard/forward from Woodward Academy and has received interest from over FIFTY Division I schools including six Ivy League universities. Mangham currently has two scholarship offers, one from Houston Baptist and his most recent is from Southern University in Baton Rouge. He is receiving interest from Kennesaw State according to Rivals.com but he has yet to receive an offer.
The Owl Howl: Tell the fans a little about yourself
Solomon Mangham: My name’s Solomon Mangham and I’m a 6’6” 220 pound guard/forward from Woodward Academy which is in Atlanta GA but I’m from Stone Mountain. I’m a rising senior and last year I averaged 14 ppg, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game. My AAU team is Kingdom Elite.
The Owl Howl: Describe your game…offensively and defensively. What kind of player are you?
Mangham: Offensively, I’m a good scorer, both as a mid-range shooter and a slasher. I also like to set up my teammates. Defensively, I can guard every position from shooting guard through center, and I am working on defending quicker guards. I am also a good help side shot blocker.
The Owl Howl: Good stuff. What attributes make you so successful?
Mangham: My ability to shoot off the dribble, my size, and basketball IQ.
The Owl Howl: What are you looking to improve on for your senior year?
Mangham: My three point shooting, on ball defense and overall athleticism.
The Owl Howl: What position or positions do you envision yourself playing in college?
Mangham: Small Forward and shooting guard once I improve my ball handling more.
The Owl Howl: You have two offers and 50+ schools are interested. What do you think they are waiting to see before you get more scholarship offers?
Mangham: I think after July they will see what I can bring to their team. I will be at AAU tournaments this month where I can showcase my talents. I think I will show my ability to score and create offensively and exhibit my knowledge of the game.
The Owl Howl: Who are your top few colleges as of now?
Mangham: No favorites right now
The Owl Howl: I heard you recently visited Kennesaw State. What do you think about KSU so far?
Mangham: It’s a really new campus and they are turning things around quickly. Coach Preston coached at Florida when they won the championship, and also coached at two other nationally recognized schools (Notre Dame and Penn St.). I feel he’s really turning the program around. He has a great vision and I think he can back it up. I really have nothing bad to say at this point.
The Owl Howl: How long have you been playing basketball competitively and at what point did you feel you’d become a future D1 player?
Mangham: I’ve been playing since I was around 8 years old. But I first made varsity my tenth grade season but I wasn’t the top guy on the team. I played with Arlon Harper who is now at Charleston Southern University…he used to bully me and push me in practice. It drove me to wanting be better so I could get the better of him. I came off the bench that season during the playoffs and got some double doubles and soon after that I got my first interest from the University of Cincinnati. It was at that point where it kind of hit me, that I would probably play D1 ball.
The Owl Howl: If you had to compare your game to a basketball player, college or pro, who would it be and why?
Mangham: Probably Carmelo because I like to shoot off the dribble and create for my teammates, but of course I have a lot of work to do until I am at that point.
The Owl Howl: Who is your favorite NBA team?
Mangham: I like the Grizzlies because of Rudy Gay. I also like the Houston Rockets because of Royce White who was my favorite college player.
The Owl Howl: LeBron or Kobe?
Mangham: Kobe is better. LeBron is a physical specimen.
The Owl Howl: Kobe or MJ?
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