By Madisen Carter
Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, two-time Big West Conference Player of the Week, and Big West Conference All-Academic Team are just a few accomplishments on UC Davis men’s basketball player Ezra Manjon’s resume. Manjon has been successful on the court with the Aggies and is now successful off the court as he recently launched a clothing brand.
Imperfect World Wide, the clothing brand founded by Manjon and his best friend, Josh Corbin, officially dropped its first collection, JUST AS YOU ARE, on September 5th, 2021. The collection included a sand colored t-shirt and vintage black colored t-shirt repping the Imperfect World Wide name with “JUST AS YOU ARE” printed on the back.
The meaning behind “Imperfect World Wide” stems from Manjon and Corbin’s childhood. They both grew up going to church, and he said that they both felt as if they did not belong because they were not “perfect.” Manjon said once he moved to California from Ohio, his faith started to grow stronger and he started to understand that nobody is really perfect and that it is okay to not be. On the Imperfect World Wide website, Manjon and Corbin stated that there is one thing everyone has in common and that is that every person is imperfect and needs a savior.
“The most important thing we want people to get from [the clothing brand] is the message behind it and to help people who are in our position, who just feel like they don't fit in,” Manjon said. “We want them to understand the truths of our God, and we want that message to get across while providing good clothes that they can wear.”
When an item is purchased from the Imperfect World Wide website, 5% of the proceeds are donated to The Innocence Project. Manjon said that the Innocence Project caught both his and Corbin’s eye because the project does work with individuals and their families who have been wrongfully convicted.
Manjon said the second collection is in the works and they are hoping to drop the collection within the next few months. He said it is tough working on the project right now because the UC Davis basketball season recently started up, which is what he is mainly focused on right now.
The UC Davis Aggies are currently sitting with a 3-3 overall record. In six games, Manjon has a total of 76 points, 17 rebounds, 16 assists and 11 steals. Over the past two seasons, Manjon has learned a lot on the mental side of the game, helping prepare him for anything that happens this season.
“I've been doing really well with the mental aspect and just being present and not thinking about past games or things [I’ve] done wrong [in past games,]” Manjon said. “But just kind of being present on the court, I think that's super big for me. I think that was the biggest takeaway [from my first two seasons.]”
There are many goals Manjon has for this season, for the team and for himself personally. He said for the team, he believes that they need to take the season game by game to lead them to the bigger picture of winning the conference championship and then heading to the NCAA Tournament. Personally, Manjon would like to get his assist numbers up and work on his defense so he can become a well-rounded player.
Although Manjon has goals that involve his skills and getting championships, playing the game and his love for the game is much deeper than the stats and awards.
“I want to use basketball to spread the gospel and let God's light shine through me. He's obviously given me a gift, so I want to be able to use it and use my platform,” Manjon said. “I also love to compete, that's a huge thing. I always want to win and just be able to inspire those [that are] younger than me. If I can inspire one person, you know, that means the world to me.”