An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft.
Two-Time NABC National Defensive Player of the Year. Shares the UConn record for blocked shots in a game with 10, having reached the total three different times.
Big East Co-Player of the Year, Big East Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big East First Team selection. Named All-America First Team by the NABC, and Second Team by the AP, USBWA, and others. A finalist for the Oscar Robertson and Naismith National Player of the Year Awards. Averaged 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks (No. 2 in nation). In NCAA Tournament, averaged 12.6 points and 10.2 rebounds, including 17 points in Final Four vs. Michigan State. Recorded 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in Big East quarterfinal loss to Syracuse. Registered seventh triple-double in UConn history with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in win over Providence. Recorded career bests of 25 points and 20 rebounds, along with nine blocks, vs. Seton Hall. Had 21 points and 18 boards in win at Buffalo. Named MVP of the Paradise Jam, blocking 15 shots in three games, and scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in semifinal win over Miami.
Big East Defensive Player of the Year, All-Big East Second Team and NABC All-District Second Team. Ranked No. 3 in the country in blocked shots (4.5 bpg). Recorded at least three blocks in 26 games. Set a Big East record for blocked shots in league games (94) previously held by Georgetownís Alonzo Mourning (93). Averaged 10.5 points and 7.9 rebounds. Scored 16 points to go with 13 rebounds and six blocks against Providence. Recorded 16 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in win over DePaul. Tallied a season-high 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds (10 defensive) vs. Georgia Tech.
BIG East All-Rookie Team pick. Starting center for all 31 games. Averaged 6.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, along with 118 blocks in 24.5 minutes per game. Posted a near triple-double with 12 points, 10 boards and seven blocks in win over St. Johnís. Had first career double-double against Coppin State, tallying 11 points and 12 rebounds. Notched 10 blocks in win over Texas Southern to go with seven points and four rebounds. Named to Hispanic College Fund Classic All-Tournament Team.
Strengths: Imposing physical specimen who protects the basket like few others. Shows excellent timing, patience and quickness for blocking shots. Has a good second jump, and runs the floor exceptionally well for his size. Still raw offensively, but has shows improvement.
Personal: Averaged 7.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in the 2006 Global Games in Dallas, helping Africa to fifth place. Son of Mr. Thabit Manka (deceased) and Rukia Manka, who still resides in Dar Es Salaam.