Only one Division I school knew Manute existed: Cleveland State. New coach Kevin Mackey had been tipped off by former Fairleigh Dickinson coach Don Feeley, who had gone to Khartoum to instruct the Sudanese national team in 1982 and had his mind blown when the 7' 6", 19-year-old Manute showed up after hearing an American coach was visiting. Mackey—working with an agent friend, Frank Catapano—arranged for Manute and a teammate, Deng Deng Nhial, to fly over on what was ostensibly a recruiting visit in the spring of ’83. But the visit had no real end date. Manute and Deng were put up in a Holiday Inn, then moved to a Cleveland apartment while a plot was hatched to get Manute NCAA-eligible.