Jac and Jon Mani from Beverly Hills leaving a mark on basketball
Tough and fiery. These are the words that best describe brothers Jac and Jon Mani.
A t-shirt with the inscription “Beverly Hills Ballers” would be appropriate for everyone.
When an opposing player decided to give a little nudge in the post-game handshakes last month, Jac decided to back off. Jon, in formal attire as he recovered from an ankle injury, immediately jumped into the fray in case his older brother needed help.
Except that 18-year-old Jac doesn’t need any help. At 6-foot-9 with a purse awaiting him at UC Davis, he is a senior who has improved with each season as he gains strength and shapes his body. He averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game last season. He’s a determined rebounder, he can block shots and adds repertoire to his indoor game.
Jon, 16, a 6-5 sophomore, injured his ankle in Game 1 of this season and is set to return this week, providing the Normans with a formidable fraternal duo. They are Jewish Jordans, which means basketball is their love.
They have a hoop in their backyard and have been there for years, elbows flying and fights erupting on occasion.
“Their thing is basketball,” confirmed coach Jarvis Turner.
When asked if Jon had beaten him in a one-on-one match, Jac replied, “Once.”
Jon shakes his head.
“Why are you lying? “
Looks like the brothers had some memorable backyard games neither of them want to remember.
“Before there was a lot of fighting,” Jac said. “He would cry a lot.
What is clear is that both can shoot, bounce, and are ready to go into villainous mode when needed. Their training together has been beneficial as they push each other to achieve their highest goals.
“He’s good,” Jac said. “He helps me a lot.
Jon said, “We practiced together every day. He’s the most gifted player. I would say I’m a better finisher.
When they finally enter the field together, they should help Beverly Hills become a competitive team against all opponents. The Normans are developing quality young players to join them, such as junior guard Jameson Caruso, who scored 29 points in a double overtime loss to Santa Clarita Christian.
Turner has known the family for years through his camps in Beverly Hills. Jac started showing up in sixth grade and Jon followed. Jac said he developed shooting skills when he was young and trained with his father.
Jac dated Milken for two years when his parents decided to give him a Jewish education before he returned to his neighborhood school last year. Jon dated Beverly Hills during his two years.
Jon is just starting to grab attention after a strong summer performance. “He’s athletic, long, defends, is competitive and can shoot,” Turner said.
As for Jac, Turner said, “He’s good. He’s probably our best three-point shooter.
It is a good season for the emergence of the best Jewish basketball players. Rolling Hills Prep has Benny Gealer, an exceptional guard who is heading to Stanford. Shalhevet’s Avi Halpert scored 47 points in a game last week against Quartz Hill.
The Mani brothers are proud to serve as examples for future Jewish ballers.
“Me and Jac are painting a new wave of Jewish hoops,” Jon said.