|High School:||Chaparral HS|
Manny Montano is most often described in two words: "shot blocker"...
Aggressive post player with great timing... Very athletic... Late bloomer
who needs to work on upper body strength and post skills around the block.
PALOMAR COLLEGE: Two-year starter for Palomar College in Mira Costa...
Played forward and center for the Comets and earned Pacific Coast Conference
honorable mention as a sophomore... Averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds for a
9-15 squad that was 8-6 in conference... Shot .587 (74 of 126) from the
floor to rank among conference leaders... Best game was 27 points and 13
rebounds in a Nov. 18 loss to L.A. Southwest at Fullerton College... Had a
best of 5 blocked shots in a Jan. 26 win at Mira Costa... Averaged 8
rebounds as a freshman and led the league in blocked shots.
CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterman at Chaparral High School in
Temecula for Coach Ed Coyle... Was the Pumas' most valuable player as a
senior when he won second-team All-Southwestern League and honorable mention
all-valley honors... Averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocked shots per
game to lead the CIF Southern Section... As a junior was team's most
improved player and earned honorable menton all-league attention... Played
in three summer all-star games: the Inland Empire Basketball Program
All-Star Game, the Palm Desert Classic and the Riverside County vs. San
Bernardino County All-Star Game.... In the latter had 14 blocked shots.
PERSONAL: Born on June 21, 1984, in Hawaiian Gardens, California...
Parents are Chris and Tania Montano of Temecula... Has a younger sister,
Trina, and younger brother, Jonathan... Liberal studies major whose goal is
to become a basketball coach... Chose Cal State Fullerton because of the
"good coaches, nice campus and good players"... Most memorable sports thrill
was blocking 14 shots in a game in his junior year in high school in a
2-point win over rival Temecula Valley HS... Credits Coach Ed Coyle for the
most influence on his career: "because he gave me the opportunity to play
basketball in high school after I thought it was too late."