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Valdir Manuel - Men's Basketball - University of New Mexico Lobos Athletics

Valdir Manuel




225 lbs.




Luanda, Angola

Previous School

Harcum College

JUNIOR (2020-21): Saw action in 20 of UNM’s 22 contests, starting six … finished third on the team with 7.9 points per game … collected six double-digit scoring games … scored a season-high 25 points on Jan. 23 against San José State where he went 12-for-20 from the floor … averaged 20.2 minutes, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game … his 1.4 blocks per game ranked second in the Mountain West … finished tied with teammate Saquan Singleton for 14th in the league in offensive rebounds (1.45) … shot 44.8 percent from the floor … went a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor at Air Force on Feb. 22, second best in the conference on the season … hit six threes on the season including two on Jan. 18 at UNLV … registered a season-most seven blocks three times … had five steals.

PRIOR TO UNM (2018-20 at Harcum College): Competed for two seasons at Harcum College … named to the 2018-19 NCJAA All-American Second Team … averaged 21.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest as a sophomore in 2019-20 … left Harcum 12th all-time in scoring with 769 points, third in rebounds (504), fourth in career blocked shots (107) … helped his team to a 26-5 record in 2019-20.

HIGH SCHOOL: Competed for The Patrick School where he helped lead his team to the 2017 State Tournament of Champions title … averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game … helped his club to a FIBA U16 gold medal in Madagascar … competed in the U17 FIBA World Cup … helped his U20 Angola National Team to a gold medal in the Afrobasket Championship.

PERSONAL: Born on May 5 in Terra Nova, Angola … mother is Carlota Victoriano … Has two siblings, Bryce and Kimy … favorite athlete is Anthony Davis … favorite food is Chipotle … favorite movie is Planet of the Apes.