About Karim Mane
Mane was born in Dakar, Senegal but moved to Canada at the age of seven settling around Montreal in Quebec. In his early year’s soccer was his primary sport and he only started to play basketball at 12 years old. Karim is a two-time winner of the Quebec Student Sports Federation (RSEQ) title. He was named the player of the year his junior year and was twice named as a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian. In the summer of 2019, Mane made his international debut playing for Team Canada in the FIBA U19 World Championships where he drew NBA attention as an important offensive contributor and secondary ball handler. Mane does many things pretty well but may struggle at the next level finding his niche. He has a shifty attacking game off the bounce and can get hot, although he is often streaky, from deep. If he is selected in the NBA draft, he will be the first player ever to come directly from the RSEQ without first attending an NCAA Division 1 school.
Mane has a versatile offensive game that mixes up attacking the basket using a variety of shifty hesitation dribbles and changes of pace with shooting from deep. He is capable of creating three-point attempts off the bounce as a pull-up shooter and firing deep threes well behind the line. Although Mane can be streaky, he has nice looking shot mechanics and a quick release which bodes well for improved consistency in the future
A good secondary ball-handler who is capable of leading the fast break and handling the ball some out of the pick and roll. Although focused on finding his own offensive opportunities Mane does have good court vision and can use his attacks to also create opportunities for his teammates
To this point, Mane’s teams have focused on his offensive abilities, but he does have the tools with his athleticism, solid frame, and wingspan to become a defensive stopper
Takes pride in competing on defense. He’s also a strong rebounder for his position who is scrappy and has a knack for coming up with loose balls
- Spent the last three seasons playing at Vanier College, a post-secondary, pre-university CEGEP institution in Quebec’s education system.
- Two-time Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian Team selection (2018-19, 2019-20).
- Named All-RSEQ First Team in Quebec’s interscholastic athletic conference in each of the past two seasons.
- Selected 2018-19 RSEQ Player of the Year after leading Vanier to a 16-0 record.
- Ranked as a five-star prospect in the 2020 prep recruiting class by Rivals.com and 247Sports.
- Averaged 15.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.1 steals in the RSEQ league.
- Led the RSEQ in assists and ranked sixth in steals, seventh in scoring and 13th in rebounding.
- Helped Vanier (16-2) finish in first place.
- Combo guard with terrific length and athleticism.
- Shifty and explosive off the dribble.
- Attacks and finishes through contact.
- Capable shooter and playmaker.
- Speaks several languages.
- Family immigrated to Canada from Senegal when Karim was 7.
- Grew up playing soccer but switched his focus to basketball when he was 12.
- His uncle Maurice Ndour played with the New York Knicks in 2016-17 and has pro experience in Spain and Russia.
“I think what makes him such a great player is his work ethic and determination. I’ve been coaching altogether 42 years and I've never seen a kid develop so rapidly in my life. He’s got the physical tools. He’s a 6-5 point guard with a 7-foot wingspan. He’s very athletic, he’s long, he’s very explosive, he’s got a great first step and can beat just about anybody off the dribble.”
-- Vanier College coach Andy Hertzog, to the Detroit Free Press
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