(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) -- University of Maine-Presque Isle center Patrick Manifold (Sr./Great Yarmouth, UK) has been named a United States Collegiate Athletic Association 2nd Team "All-American" in Division I.
The 6'8 four-year starter averaged 17.9 points per game and pulled down 8.9 rebounds in 2012-13, leading the team in both categories. He helped lead the Owls to an 8-win improvement from last season.
"This honor is a result of Patrick's dedication and hard work during his career at the University of Maine-Presque Isle," said Owls' head coach Jim Casciano, "he is one of the hardest workers that I ever coached at any level of basketball. He is most deserving of this recognition."
Among some of Manifold's highlights this season:
* On December 3rd, in the first half of what would be an 89-46 victory over UMaine-Augusta, Manifold scored his 1000th career point on a one handed dunk.
* Scored 33 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a 70-68 loss to Eastern Nazerene on January 21st.
* Poured in 31 points on 10-16 shooting while recording 12 rebounds leading to an 81-65 victory over Fisher College on February 3rd.
"I am extremely honored to receive the prestigious recognition of being named an 'All-American' by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association," said Manifold after learning of the distinction, "this award mean a great deal to me and ranks right at the top of my list of achievements. I would like to thank the USCAA, my coaches, my teammates and of course my loving family for their constant support."
"After an amazing four years playing college basketball in America, I would like to announce my intention of fulfilling my dream of playing professional basketball. I believe I have what it takes to perform at the next level, and I really look forward to both the challenge and the opportunity. I would like to express my immense gratitude to the University of Maine at Presque Isle for giving me the opportunity to represent their fine institution on the hard wood. As the great Sir Winston Churchill once said 'Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.'"
A workhorse in the gym, Manifold continues to get the job done in the classroom as well. On the same day he was named to the All-American team, he also appears on the USCAA's All-Academic Team.