Updated on 7/31/21. Written by Alan Lu.
2021 rankings were finalized on 7/29/21.
College: North Carolina
Classification: Redshirt Junior
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Decent low post scorer
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Solid shot blocker
Needs to improve his face-up game
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Can be foul prone
Didn’t see much playing time in college basketball
Missed an entire season due to a knee injury
Sterling Manley is an athletic, high-motor big man that had a strong showing at the 2021 Tampa Bay Pro Combine. He may still be a long shot to be drafted, but he could project into a defensive specialist role in the NBA.
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