Name: Manny Span
High school: Altoona
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