|UNC Greensboro Spartans|
March 29, 1983 |
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Cardinal Newman
(West Palm Beach, Florida)
|College||North Carolina (2001–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2006–2007||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|2010–2011||Miyazaki Shining Suns|
|2012–present||UNC Greensboro (asst.)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, He gained notoriety as a defensive specialist for the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2001-2005. He started 85 out of 126 games for the Tar Heels. Manuel was also a tri-captain of UNC's 2005 National Championship team.
After not being selected in the 2005 NBA Draft, Manuel was selected by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League expansion draft. In 2005 he was injured most of the D-League season; he was signed by the Fayetteville Patriots but did not play one game due to injury. In 2006 he was selected by the NBDL representative of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Return to the NBA D-League
He was married in August 2005 to Ronda Jae Manuel.
Manuel earned a B.A. in African-American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2005. In February 2010, Manuel earned a certificate in coaching from Michigan State University.
Manuel won two state championships at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida.
On November 28, 2007, Manuel's brother, Donta, a thirteen-year veteran of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, was killed while he was removing stop sticks from a roadway during a police chase. A pursued stolen car had passed by and while Deputy Manuel was removing the stop sticks, a patrol car in pursuit of the stolen car hit him and his partner, Deputy Jonathan Wallace, killing both.
University of North Carolina
After a one year stint at UNC, Manuel joined former North Carolina teammate Wes Miller's coaching staff at UNC-Greensboro for the 2012-2013 season. Manuel is an assistant coach for the Spartans.
- All-ACC Defensive Team: 2003-2004, 2004-2005.
- Celtics add two - Celtics Blog - Boston.com
- Gary Dzen, C's waive Jones, Manuel, The Boston Globe
- Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Donta Manuel - Law Enforcement News
- Williams Adds Frasor, Manuel To Staff, accessed November 18, 2011