College signing: Manny Span, Shippensburg basketball

Name: Manny Span

High school: Altoona

Hometown: Philadelphia

Sport: Boys basketball

Position: Power forward/center

College choice: Shippensburg

Other colleges considered: Juniata, Bloomsburg, Lemoyne

Coach Paul Hasson’s quote: “I think it’s a great choice for Manny. It’s a good fit for him. He’s kind of a diamond-in-the-rough player, and he should be able to help Shippensburg right away. They had a rough year this past season, so he might be able to play right away.”

Why I picked Shippensburg: “I picked Shippensburg because I love the campus, and me and Coach Fite get along really well, and I love the guys on the team. I think I will fit in well.”

Greatest high school achievement: “Leading my team to winning the District 6 AAAA championship for the first time in seven years.”

How I got my start playing basketball: “My friends told me to come to an open gym on a Saturday in fifth grade.”

Favorite college growing up: Ohio State

Other interests: Doing track and spending time with my family and friends

What getting to play in college means to me: “It means the world to me that I can finally live up to my dream of being a collegiate athlete. I finally achieved what I have been pursuing my whole life, and now all my hard work pays off.”

Probable college major: Forensic Chemistry or Physical Therapy

Parents: Valencia Span