Thunder Sign Manhattan High Standout

Manhattan, KS - Coming off of a record breaking 2015-16 campaign where they finished in third place at the NCCAA DII National tournament, the Manhattan Christian College Thunder men's basketball team added to their experience driven roster. 

Gabe Awbrey signed his national letter of intent with the Thunder this morning alongside family, friends, and coaches at Manhattan High School (Manhattan, KS). Gabe is a 6'1" shooting guard who in his time in the Indian program has flourished into one of the states most respected players in the class of 2016. 

Awbrey was a 3-year starter for MHS where he racked up quite a few honors, and helped lead the Indians to continued success. Indians head coach Benji George who took over the program in 2014 was in attendance for the signing on Wednesday, and is very proud of all the contributions and growth he's seen from Awbrey on and off the court.

"I am thrilled for Gabe and his family that he gets this great opportunity to play at the next level," George said. "his accomplishments speak for themselves as he proved himself to be one of the most consistent, hard working, and talented players to ever play at MHS."

In his 3 years as a starter at the varsity level, Awbrey contributed in many different ways, most notably though was his ability to get to the rim as well as shoot from outside. In his senior year Awbrey averaged a team high 15.1ppg, while contributing in various other ways averaging 2.5rpg and 3.5apg. He led the team in free throw percentage at 83.7% and was a close second averaging 46.3% from beyond the arc. 

Continually improving throughout his years with the Indians, Awbrey leaves a legacy at Manhattan High as he etched his name into the record books in multiple categories. He is now the sixth all time scoring leader, second all time in both made free throws, and made three-point shots, as well as being one of only three players in school history to record 800 points and 150 assists in his career. 

From a recruiting standpoint Awbrey was very sought after, and recieved offers from multiple schools around the nation. What set him apart for the MCC staff was his leadership both on and off the court. 

"We are very excited to get a young man like Gabe," Thunder head coach Shawn Condra said, "he is an excellent basketball player and a high quality person."

The Thunder and Coach Condra have built the program on the ideals of great character both on and off the court. Their long-time success can be attributed to the staffs ability to bring in talented, smart leaders and develop them within the program.

"We envision him as someone who will have the opportunity to step in and contribute right away," Condra said.

In building and expanding both the college and athletics programs, the added benefit of Awbrey having played in the area will bring added benefits to his talent on the court.

"It's also a plus that Gabe is coming from a successful program at Manhattan High and the fact that he is a local kid should help generate some interest from the community for our program," Condra said. 

Awbrey is excited to continue his education and basketball career here in Manhattan with the Thunder, and is looking forward to getting in the gym and starting to compete as soon as he is able.

"I'm very excited to sign with MCC today, I'm looking forward to the next 4 years I have been blessed with to continue my career," Awbrey said, "I want to thank the coaches at MCC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their program, as well as my family, coaches, and friends for making this possible. MCC is a great college, with outstanding an Christian community, and after going on a few visits it made the decision very easy thanks to all the welcoming people I met.

Awbrey will join the program for their summer workouts and will start classes in the fall where he is undecided on a major at this time. 

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