52 - Manny Montano
Manny Montano
Birth Date: 06/21/1984
Height: 6-10
Weight: 210
Year: Junior
Hometown: Temecula, CA
High School: Chaparral HS
Previous College: Palomar
Position: Center
Experience: JC

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."