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Ammanuel (Manny) Diressa

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School:

-       Spent 2 seasons (2012-2014) at Tennessee Tech before joining Ryerson the next season

-       Sat out the 2014-15 season after transferring

-       Played for Ryerson in Toronto, Canada from 2015-2018

Position: SG

Season: 5th year Senior

Birthdate: May 5, 1993

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario

Family:

-       Single mother – Almaz Diressa

-       Father left family, moved to Greece

-       Father is Greek

-       Manny has a Canadian passport and is working on getting a Greek one as well

-       2 father figures:

o   Kevin Jeffers, Eastern Commerce Head Coach

o   Kenneth Slater, a youth worker in Regent Park where Manny grew up

High School: Eastern Commerce

Height: 6’4

Weight: 190

Injury History:

-       Missed preseason and first 6 of 7 games of the regular season after rolling his ankle

-       Shot 3/25 in his 1st 2 games back – but 48% since

Accolades:

-       2016-17 OUA First Team All Star

-       2015-16 OUA Second Team All Star

-       Named OUA Athlete of the Week in January 2016, March 2017, and January 2018

-       Scored 50 points and grabbed 15 rebounds vs. York on January 17, 2018

-       Played for Team Canada in the 2017 FIBA Americup

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience:

-       Majors in business management

-       Hard worker, all he know is basketball

-       Has played in Los Angeles over the summer in runs with NBA players like Stanley Johnson

-       Left Tennessee Tech because he wanted to take care of his single mother in Toronto and he was not getting minutes as well

-       Manny is managed by Nicholas Carino of Drake’s OVO brand

 

STATS

 

2012-13 Freshman Season Stats: (Tennesse Tech)

-       1.8 PPG

-       0.8 RPG

-       0.3 APG

-       0.3 SPG

-       0.6/2.1 FG (27.6%)

-       0.4/1.6 3 FG (26.1%)

-       0.2/0.3 FT

 

2013-14 Sophomore Season Stats: (Tennesse Tech)

-       1.9 PPG

-       0.7 RPG

-       0.6 APG

-       0.2 SPG

-       0.6/1.9 FG (34.6%)

-       0.3/1.3 3 FG (22.2%)

-       0.4/0.6 FT

 

2015-16 3RD Year Season Stats: (Ryerson)

-       14.9 PPG

-       5.3 RPG

-       2.9 APG

-       0.9 SPG

-       48.2% FG

-       37.8% 3 FG

-       75.8% FT

 

2016-17 4th Year Season Stats: (Ryerson)

-       19 PPG

-       4.8 RPG

-       3.1 APG

-       1.8 SPG

-       46.7% FG

-       41.3% 3 FG

-       83.1% FT

 

2017-18 5th Year Season Stats: (Ryerson)

-       24.8 PPG

-       6.3 RPG

-       3.5 APG

-       1.2 SPG

-       44.4% FG

-       40.3% 3 FG

-       75.2% FT

 

SKILLS

 

Greatest Strength: 3 point shooting

Greatest Weakness: Quickness

Athleticism: 6.5

Aggression: 6.5

Speed: 6

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 8.5

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 6.5

Post moves: 7

Handle: 7

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 7

Touch: 8

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 7

Steals: 7

Blocks: 6

 

Game Analysis vs. Carleton

Diressa put Ryerson on his back for almost the entire game. He did not shoot the ball well from 3, but scored really well at the hoop. He sought out contact every chance he could and finished at an elite rate, even when hit. Diressa finished the game scoring 28 points on 13 shot attempts, going 11/11 from the FT line. Diressa again showed that while he may not have the burst NBA teams are after, he has the scoring IQ and body strength to score in traffic even when his shot is off.

Diressa did a nice job playmaking as well, but his team shot poorly on his set-ups for the most part, even though he created open shots for them. He should have had closer to 10 assists on the game. His handle looked really tight, capable of weaving through multiple defenders with his head still up to score or make a play. Defensively, Diressa was sound on-ball but got caught over-helping trying to steal balls too often which cost his team some open 3s.

Diressa was clearly the best player on the floor against Carleton, beating the 7-time defending National Champions for their first loss all season. It remains to be seen how high Diressa can climb, but I believe his next step is the G-League. If he can be a go-to scorer for a G-League team, then he has the potential to be a 2-way player. But the only way to realize his potential is to give him a green light to play through his mistakes.

Game Analysis vs. Calgary

Manny played more of a perimeter shooting game than attacking but created tons of great looks for his teammates. He was aware of when and where help was coming and found the open man constantly. He did a nice job, as always, of getting to the free throw line and always seeking contact. He knocked down lots of 3’s and showed his entire offensive repertoire. Defensively, Manny was really engaged and played great both on and off-ball. He never quit on plays, denied well, and helped whenever he needed to, which resulted in 2 steals.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

Manny Diressa’s primary skill is that he can score in bunches. He has a great 3 point shot with deep range. He is not a great athlete with quick blow-by ability, but he uses his shot, pump fakes, hesitations and spin moves to get where he wants on the floor. Manny is very good at drawing fouls, getting to the line almost 8 times a game this season. Manny is a streaky scorer, though, and can drift in and out of games. For example, against Ottawa this season, he scored 3 points in the 1st half and 38 between the 2nd half and overtime.

Manny is an OK defender. He has a good IQ defensively and knows where to take risks, but is a mediocre athlete laterally. More athletic players may be able to turn the corner on him. Manny leaks out well and also spaces the floor, so you can rely on him being in the right spot for a catch and shoot 3. Manny is a pretty good rebounder for a guard, averaging 6.3 RPG this season. He is capable of playing PG and being a playmaker but is not a primary playmaker that will create constant opportunities for others. He can be unselfish and almost passive at times, but Manny is looking to score first and foremost.

The reason I like Manny, though, is I believe his floor is pretty-high. At worst he is a corner spot up shooter that can help contribute to wins. If he is shooting the ball well and has a good rhythm, that is when you give Manny the green light and he can go and win you a game. Even if Manny is shooting a low percentage, he is great at getting to the line and scoring well per-shot. To get the most out of Manny, I believe his role needs to be clearly defined so he knows whether he is the scorer on the unit or simply a shooter.

I think it would be beneficial to workout Manny with top NCAA prospects in preparation for the NBA draft. Manny is an older player with a good IQ and great shooting ability. It would be interesting to see how he compares athletically to top NCAA competition.