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Manny Ansong '18 places second at National High School Dunk Championship

Meredith Berry-Toon

After weeks of fan voting that involved the entire Canterbury community and beyond, Manny traveled to San Antonio for the National High School Slam Championships. There, against several of the top ESPN-ranked basketball recruits from across the country, Manny placed second place.

"I still get excited every time I dunk," says Manny '18. "When I get a fast break and the crowds cheering and then they get it ready and set it up, that's when I get excited."

Manny noted his brother Michael Ansong and Coach Baudinet as two inspirations for his basketball career. While he has played basketball since he was ten, he did not get serious about the sport until his junior year of high school when he set his goal on playing in college.

"[We] felt he could learn a lot from him" noted Manny's mother, Jacqueline Ansong, of Coach Baudinet and Canterbury's team when the family was deciding where to send their son for a post-graduate prep school year.

Manny agreed: "[Canterbury] has prepared me well for the next level."

Students and faculty gathered in Steele Lecture Room to watch the stream of the competition on CBS on Sunday afternoon. When Manny landed a perfect dunk in one of the final rounds, the room went wild - just as students celebrated in Pigott Arena throughout the season.

Congratulations, Manny!

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