#21/40 Manny Breland
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6'3"   Guard
HS: Central Syracuse, NY
   
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS FG FGA % FT FTA % Reb Fls DQ Pts PPG RPG
1953-54 So G
19
17
                 
186
9.8
0.0
1954-55 Jr G
20
14
                 
194
9.7
0.0
1955-56 DNP
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1956-57 Sr G
25
25
 66
 224
29.5%
26
42
61.9%
103
46
 
 158
6.3
4.1
Career    
64
56
+66
+224
0.0
+26
+42
0.0
+103
+46
0
538
8.4
0.0

Manny Breland was a talented guard for Syracuse from 1952 to 1957, and one of the first African American players at the university. He later would become an outstanding educator in the local Syracuse area.

As a freshmen, Breland was the leading scorer on the Syracuse freshman team. He was a terrific shooter, great playmaker and a tremendous defensive presence. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis during the summer of 1955, which forced him to postpone his last season of college.

While he lost some of his skills due to illness, Breland was still able to perform at a very good level. He helped lead Syracuse to its first NCAA tournament bid in 1957. He led the Orangemen in scoring each of the first two games of the tournament.

After graduation he became a teacher in the Syracuse school district. Over 31 years he would serve the students as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal. He also had success as a high school basketball coach winning two section titles.

Breland was inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

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