Sam Maniscalco announced today that he would be transferring to Illinois next season to finish out his collegiate career.
Maniscalco, a 6-foot, 175-pound point-guard out of Chicago, Illinois, is currently attending Bradley . Maniscalco is not an elite basketball player, but Illinois thinks he can help with some of their worries heading into next season.
Maniscalco is a “true” point-guard type of player. He doesn’t score many points, but he is smart with the ball, can find the open player, and is lights out from the free throw line.
But, he adds something deeper than just another solid player–experience and teaching abilities.
Illinois will lose it’s only true point guard this season, Demetri McCamey, and incoming freshman Tracy Abrams (Mt. Caramel) was expected to take the responsibilities instantly. Now, Maniscalco will be able to use his experience to lead Illinois and also help teach Abrams at the same time.
Bradley head coach Jim Les was fired after a 12-20 season, and since Maniscalco has another year left, chose to transfer to Illinois because he could play instantly due to the graduate-student waiver rule.
During Maniscalco’s career at Bradley, he averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 turnovers per game. He also collected several honors and awards, which included 2008 MVC All-Freshman Team, 2009 Scholar-Athlete (Second Team), 2010 Scholar-Athlete (First Team), 2011 All-MVC Tournament Team, and Second Team All-MVC.