Manuel Chavez Profile

On the court, he’s a menace, a sharpshooter, feared by opponents. The fans describe him as a star, but his work is far from over when he steps off the court. 

Manuel Chavez from Covina, California, is a rising basketball star at Bishop Amat Memorial High School.  However, basketball is only half of his story. He makes edits for the school and all their sports teams. 

His freshman year, the 16-year-old junior started making edits for Bishop Amat’s football team. 

His uncle, a varsity football coach and dean for Amat, asked Chavez to make an edit congratulating Dyson Mccutcheon on receiving an offer to play football. This edit was the first of many. 

Loved by most, he would still describe his first edits as “trash.” 

“I just kept doing them until I was ok at it,” junior Manuel Chavez said. 

Chavez would continue to make edits, branching out into other sports and eventually doing everything from music artists to clothing designs. He even did an edit of Kanye West that became so popular the artist followed him back on Instagram.

On top of all the edits, he was still playing basketball, practicing every day, and working hard to fulfill his dreams. Averaging 17.1 points per game, he was dangerous from the three-point line. 

He would later break the school’s record for the most three-pointers in a single season, with playoffs still to come.  

Chavez is a clear star. He is only in his Junior year and already breaking records. Needless to say, Amat fans are excited to see what he does next.

Chavez started playing basketball at a very young age.

“Manuel was late to a lot of family events and sometimes wasn’t able to come because of tournaments and practices.” Chavez’s uncle said. “But his hard work has paid off, and we’re all super proud of him and what he’s accomplished.” 

Anyone can see it’s his passion to play, and it’s clear to see he wants to be the best. 

“I just want to make my dad proud,” Chavez said about what motivates him. His dad pushes him to be the best he can be. 

With the edits and basketball on his plate, how did he balance it out with school? It seems like it would be hard for most but not according to him. 

“It’s not that hard,” he said. “It’s easier than you would think.”

According to him, it only gets challenging towards the end of the year when finals and exams start rolling around. 

Chavez wants to continue playing basketball at the next level. He has already visited several colleges on the east coast.

“I don’t think I’m ready for the next level at the moment,” Chavez said.

With a record in the books already and still a whole year to prepare, it is safe to say he will be ready for the collegiate level.