The Fraser Valley Bandits have signed former NCAA talent Jahenns Manigat for the 2020 Canadian Elite Basketball League season.
An alumnus of Creighton University, Manigat recently played for DEAC Kosárlabda during the 2019-20 season where he averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals steals per game. The 2019-20 campaign was Manigat’s second year with the club and he started 15 of 21 games for DEAC, which plays in Hungary’s Nemzeti Bajnokság I/A, the country’s highest division of men’s pro basketball and one of Europe’s top leagues.
Manigat played four years of NCAA Division I basketball from 2010 to 2014 at Creighton where he started 122 of 145 games for the Bluejays. The Bluejays advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in each of Manigat’s sophomore, junior and senior seasons. During his tenure at Creighton, Manigat averaged 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 43.6 and 40.6 per cent shooting from field goal and three-point range, respectively. Manigat currently ranks sixth in school history with 206 three-pointers made and served as a three-year captain of the Bluejays.
“After four awesome years at Creighton and playing at some of the highest levels of professional basketball across Europe, I am excited to return to Canada to play for Coach [Kyle] Julius and the Bandits organization,” Manigat stated in a press release. “The opportunity to compete on Canadian soil is truly special and I look forward to leading with my energy and performance on both ends of the floor.”
The 6-foot-1 guard was born in Montreal and now resides in Ottawa. Capable of stretching the floor with his three-point marksmanship and ability to play both guard positions, Manigat brings a strong pedigree developed from time spent in a variety of Europe’s best leagues. Previous to Hungary, Manigat played in top leagues in Romania, Cyprus, Germany and Lithuania.
“Jahenns is a special player. He embodies our core values and plays the game with tremendous toughness and grit. He is a high-level two-way player who has proven himself in some of the best leagues in Europe. I am really looking forward to working with Jahenns and watching him raise our overall level of play,” Julius stated.