May 24, 2024

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Sunny Hills star Manny Seddoh commits to play college basketball at Cal State LA

Manny Seddoh made his college decision this week. (File photo: Fernando M. Donado, For OC Sports Zone)

Talented Sunny Hills High School basketball player Emmanuel “Manny” Seddoh has committed to play college basketball at Cal State Los Angeles, according to Mike Moore of Moore Management OC Pride.

The 6-4 forward was an All-Freeway League first-team selection last season and the Lancers’ team captain. He averaged 16.0 points and 11.9 rebounds during his senior year. 

“Manny was our go-to guy, and with his scoring and rebounding he carried us in many games,” said Sunny Hills Coach Joe Ok. “Manny is a tremendous student in the classroom and just an overall great guy and teammate.  Manny was a pleasure to coach and we are thrilled that he has an opportunity to continue his academic and basketball career at Cal State LA.”

Seddoh said he is excited about the future with Cal State Los Angeles, where he will major in finance.

“I picked Cal State LA because I just loved the coaches from the head coach down to all the assistant coaches and I liked the plan they have for me for the next four years and I like the environment of the school and just what the general area of LA has to offer students,” he said in a telephone interview Saturday.

“Next year, I’m hoping I play a role of not like a bench player but more of a player who contributes by rebounding, hitting open three’s and being able to attack the basket.”

Seddoh said he has some fond memories of his playing days at Sunny Hills.

“Some of the top memories I have at Sunny Hills were finishing off the year as the number one rebounder in Orange County and also my junior year, us, finally making it for my first time to CIF (playoffs) and being able to make it to the second round,” he said.

The Lancers’ standout also thanked those who have helped him.

“Some of those who have helped me along the way are first and foremost my faith in the Lord, the Lord has helped me the most,” he said. “And from there on, my parents have helped me and been so supportive of me and coaches such as Coach Moore, Coach Stephen Baseda, Coach Ok and all the rest of the Sunny Hills staff.”

Coach Moore said Seddoh was a great player for his club team.

“Manny was very good for Moore Mangaement OC Pride,” he said. “He helped us win the first AAU Club Tournament in LA, then the Arizona Tournament,” Moore said.

Moore said he was in contact with more than 50 college coaches to find the right fit for Seddoh. He has directed two other players to Cal State LA, including 6-9 center Jabari Steward from Compton High School, Moore said.

-Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; timburt@ocsportszone.com