That was then. Now he has moved to another level and is a 6-foot 2-inch shooting guard on the Hillsdale College roundball team.
Manno is making a nice comeback from an earlier knee injury that slowed down his progression for the Hillsdale Chargers. The former Dearborn parochial prep athlete is one of the top scoring players on the team, and his individual statistics at the moment are in double digits at 11.7 points per game average.
“I love it here,” a smiling Manno said prior to a mid-December game. “I’m very happy playing for Hillsdale.”
Hillsdale head coach John Tharp likes Manno’s playing ability and style on and off the court.
“Manno is representative of what I would consider to be a student-athlete poster child for our school,” Tharp said. ”He is a phenominal young man and very coachable.”
With the consistent 3-point shooting of Manno, Hillsdale is currently in second place in the South Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Local folks, including DC alumni and boosters, living in the greater Dearborn area have a chance to watch Manno in action on Thursday. That’s when Hillsdale visits Detroit and plays a 6 p.m. contest against Wayne State University.
You can expect Manno to make baskets and score points. After all, that’s what he does best.