Days after one of the most prolific Carroll College careers came to a close, with Washington native Zach Taylor capping off a remarkable career with a 3-point title at the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City, the Saints have dipped back into the Pacific Northwest to bolster their guard ranks.
Late Monday evening, the Saints announced the signing of 5-foot-9 point guard Emilio Mancol from Kennedy Catholic in Seattle. Mancol said the combination of “excellent academics, athletics, great coaching staff, friendly community” and Carroll being a Catholic school helped him arrive at his decision. He plans to major in either health science or nursing.
"It's awesome to announce that Emilio has chosen to study and hoop at Carroll College," Cunningham said. "He's well-liked and respected at Kennedy Catholic and is a skilled, fun player to watch. He was integral in getting Kennedy Catholic to three straight state tournaments in the Tacoma Dome, a historic achievement for the school. I can't wait to see him playing ball next year with the experienced Fighting Saints we have returning."
Mancol garnered a 4A All-State second team nod this past season, while averaging 19 points per game. He is also a two-time all-league performer, and powered Kennedy Catholic to state appearances at the 3A level in 2016 and then a trip to the 4A state tournament this past season. He was also league MVP his junior year and scored over 1,200 points during his career at Kennedy, becoming only one of three players to accomplish the feat.
“I'm a pesky small guard that can shoot and create plays for myself and my teammates,” Mancol said. “I play with a lot of passion and heart and will do whatever it takes to win.”
Mancol said he held offers from George Fox University and Whitworth -- which, among Carroll, were his top three choices. Carroll’s combination of athletics and academics, as well as Cunningham observing the guard at an AAU tournament in Las Vegas and Carlito Labarda’s visit to see him play were ultimately what made him and the Saints mesh.
“Something that Saint fans should know is Ialtar-serve for my church, help kids with disabilities at Outdoors For All,” he said. “I have two brothers (one in the Air Force and one that does gymnastics), and love to play 2k.”
Mancol is the third recruit the Saints have landed this cycle. Earlier the Saints announced the signing of Bradley King, a 6-foot-8 forward from Australia, and Chase Burnham, the younger brother of Saints sophomore forward Match Burnham.