Carroll College coach Carson Cunningham turned around the Fighting Saints in his five years at the helm. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

(Editor’s note: Carroll College media release)

HELENA – Carroll College men’s basketball coach Carson Cunningham, fresh off the Saints’ second consecutive trip to the NAIA quarterfinals, announced the signing of Emilio Mancol, a Washington 4A all-state performer out of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in South Seattle.

The 5-foot-9 point guard boasts a 3.3 GPA. He’s also on the student leadership council at Kennedy Catholic.

He shined on the hardwood in his junior and senior years, in particular, averaging 19 points per game. During his career, he helped lead Kennedy Catholic to three straight runs to the state tournament finals at the Tacoma Dome.

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Mancol earned first-team all-league recognition each of the last two seasons, and in the most recent campaign, was named to the state all-tournament second team.

“It’s awesome to announce that Emilio has chosen to study and hoop at Carroll College,” Cunningham said. “He’s well-liked and respected at Kennedy Catholic and is a skilled, fun player to watch. He was integral in getting Kennedy Catholic to three straight state tournaments in the Tacoma Dome, a historic achievement for the school. I can’t wait to see him playing ball next year with the experienced Fighting Saints we have returning.”

Mancol joins international product Bradley King, a 6-8 Forward from Australia, and Spangle, Wash. guard Chase Burnham, brother of current Saint Match Burnham, as the 2017 signees to date for the Saints.