DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State men’s basketball head coach Kelly Green has announced the signing of Kellen Manek, Todd Dawkins and Kayo Goncalves for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Manek and Goncalves come in as sophomores while Dawkins joins the Savage Storm heading into his junior season.
“We are very excited about the 3 players who have chosen to sign and attend SE next year,” Green said. “And believe they all will have an immediate impact on the continued success of our program. All three bring a mindset of team first and a basketball skill set which will complement our returnees and continue to build on this seasons’ strong finish in the GAC.”
Manek is a 6-7 forward originally from Harrah, Okla., and Harrah High School who spent two seasons at Oral Roberts before making the move to Southeastern. As a red-shirt freshman he appeared in 12 games, with a season-best outing of 11 points and eight rebounds.
He is already a member of the Harrah Athletic Hall of Fame for his work at that level en route to all-state and All-Little City honors while helping his team to district, regional and area championships. As a junior he averaged 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and five assists.
“Kellen Manek will bring experience and versatility to our team on the front line,” Green said. “He comes from a basketball family where his dad was a top player at Oklahoma Christian University and his brother is a current player at the University of Oklahoma. His ability to pass the ball and create off the dribble will make him a very difficult match up for opponents of the Savage Storm. He has excellent footwork on the offensive end and a tremendous competitiveness on the backboard which makes him a valuable player at both ends of the court as he will be counted on to play and contribute big things right away.”
Dawkins is a 6-5 guard who comes to Southeastern after two seasons at Eastern Oklahoma State and originally from McAlester High School in McAlester, Okla. At EOSC he averaged 16.3 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 41 percent from the floor and 37.0 percent from three-point range.
In his high school days he was the No. 2 all-time scorer at McAlester and matched the school record for points in a game with 44. He was a 2016 all-state and all-region pick while earning second team All-USA Today Boys Basketball honors.
“Todd Dawkins gives us a proven college shooter who can score the ball in a variety of ways,” Green said. “While at Eastern Oklahoma JC this past season, he put up big numbers despite only playing half of the season due to injuries. His ability to get his own shot by moving off of screens or putting the ball on the floor makes him a tough cover for opposing team’s guards. With two years of college basketball under his belt, Todd will be expected to step in and play immediately.”
Goncalves is a 6-8 forward who comes to Southeastern from Midland JC and originally hails from Brazil. While at MJC as a sophomore he put together a season averaging 10.1 points and five rebounds.
“From Brazil, Kayo gives us a big forward who can stretch the floor with his ability to shoot the three- point shot,” Green said. “Kayo is a long athlete that can really run the floor and has his best basketball in front of him as he is only 18 years old. I have been fortunate to coach many talented Brazilian players over my coaching career who have excelled in basketball in the USA. I believe Kayo will add his name to that list and be an outstanding player for the next three years.”