Scholastic basketball standout Valdir Manuel has signed an athletic aid commitment to attend Saint Joseph’s in the Fall, it was announced by head coach Phil Martelli. Manuel’s signing completes the Hawks’ recruiting class of 2018.

A 6-9, 210-pound forward originally from Angola, Manuel averaged a team-high 16 points per game for the Patrick School, the alma mater of former SJU star DeAndre’ Bembry. Among his top games of the season was a 24-point, seven-rebound effort against eventual state champion Roselle Catholic in the Union County Tournament final.

Manuel was also instrumental in helping the Patrick School capture the Tournament of Champions title in 2017.

“Adding Valdir, who has multiple skills, at this time of year is a real bonus. We have a group of players who have all exhibited tremendous work ethic and improvement this summer. We expect that Valdir will enhance our chances to achieve great success this season," said Martelli.

Manuel joins guard Jared Bynum, from Georgetown Prep, in the Hawks’ freshman class for the 2018-19 season. The Hawks will also be welcoming back Charlie Brown and Lamarr Kimble into the fold, after both missed last season with injuries.

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