Manning ended up averaging 1.3 points and 1.1 assists in 11.0 minutes a game last season. Boykins averaged 0.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 10.5 minutes in the 22 games he played last year. Herrion said their time on the court should increase this year, as long as they continue to improve in the offseason.
"We're going to build off those experiences they had," Herrion said. "They both gave us really good play, especially in the second half of the year and down the stretch. We counted on them in critical situations.
"They've done a good job so far this summer and in the offseason," he added. "They're working on their game and their confidence is higher. With a year in the system, they know what's expected of them day in and day out."
Manning and Boykins have connected both on and off the court.
On top of their similar experiences last season, Boykins was Manning's host on Manning's recruiting visit. The time and events they've shared have helped them work together toward making an even bigger impact in the future.
"We've bonded," Manning said. "We've gotten together and gotten in the gym and stuff like that. We know we're going to be counted on a lot."
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