Georgia’s No. 1 point guard transfers to Milton High School

Milton High School has played for three straight state championships in basketball, winning in 2010.

They will be a top contender for a fourth consecutive appearance after the No. 1 point guard in Georgia transferred to Milton.

Charles Mann, who has been one of the state’s hottest college basketball prospects since UConn offered in late April, has switched from Union Grove to Milton for his senior year of basketball. Mann has nearly 20 offers, including Georgia Tech and UGA.

The 6-foot-5, 193-pound Mann will give Milton the state’s top outside perimeter, also featuring swingman Evan Nolte (committed to Virginia) and dunk artist Shaq Johnson (committed to Auburn).

Mann discussed the move with the Clayton News Daily’s Derrick Mahone:

“I’m just ignoring all that negative stuff and concentrating on playing basketball,” Mann said via cellphone Tuesday afternoon.

That’s good.

As the saying goes, haters will hate.

Mann says the move was job related. In my opinion, he owes no one any explanation.

It seems a good move that one of the top rising players will now get to play for a potentially nationally-ranked caliber program that will play a national schedule.

The scholarship offers are there and will continue to be whether he transferred or not. Now, he gets to play with a contender his senior season.

Thoughts? Is Milton now the team to beat for the state championship?

88 comments Add your comment

ocee

June 23rd, 2011
6:43 pm

2BT

June 23rd, 2011
6:48 pm

In this case the ‘haters’ were justified. This (although talented) kid ‘texted’ his UGHS coach as he was peeling out of the parking lot on the last day of school to show him up and say in a ‘paraphrased manner’ “Up your’s coach, I won’t be back next year – come see me at Milton”. Better make sure you have your toothbrush up in Milton kid, I assure you this story is far from ‘over’! Hope you and Milton both get what you deserve. Where there’s smoke…………………..

hmmm.

June 23rd, 2011
7:12 pm

wonder who got the job for them? wouldn’t have been more of a challenge your senior year to try to lead your team to a state title rather than “transferring” to another school that has already bought talent? it’s like a high school LeBron James here and hopefully the result will be the same

Milton Dad

June 23rd, 2011
7:16 pm

We cant hear you Norcross???????? whats new?

WarEagle

June 23rd, 2011
10:29 pm

Those darn private schools always recruit — oh wait, Milton is a public school. How can this be?!!

Bleed red

June 23rd, 2011
10:35 pm

I guess it’s like taken your toys home there are no structure in high school sports if I get mad or want to join a great team I just take my toys and move a real athlete wins championship any were .They make bad teams good “…………………….

Bleed red

June 23rd, 2011
10:39 pm

Chris singleton moved his senior year to win a championship didn’t work out left all his friends and a coach that mad him a better player for a pipe dream wasted that one guess you live and learn.

MiltonStateChamps2011

June 23rd, 2011
10:46 pm

Wait, Norcross beat Milton – are you sure about that? Milton was ALL WORLD with 7 Div I signees!

Noneyah

June 24th, 2011
2:21 am

Bleed Red I think Chris Singleton turned out OK. In this day and age these guys can just hit there friends from the old school up on FB or Twitter.

Noneyah

June 24th, 2011
2:22 am

Emanon

June 24th, 2011
10:05 am

Word on the street is that Chris Bolden of Norcross has transferred to North Gwinnett…any truth to this ?

BcS2010

June 24th, 2011
10:39 am

lol cheaters never win ask da miami heat!

whocares

June 24th, 2011
10:44 am

Who cares if the kid transfered. If he wants to play for Milton and the family has followed the GHSA rules, meaning that their primary family residence is now in Milton’s School district, then lets play basketball. How abouit this does anyone know how many Metro Atlanta kids were drafted last night?

Tired of ATL area cheating

June 24th, 2011
2:46 pm

No wonder the rest of Georgia doesnt win as many titles in basketball during the new milleniium they are bascially playing against atlanta area high school aau teams….Atl people jump from school to school like prostitues jump from d— to d—-. Never have understood why great players would want to bandwagon off another schools success. If ur so good you should take ur local school to the promise land.

Not so fast my friend

June 24th, 2011
3:44 pm

Of course, Milton will be favored to win. They just added another scorer, which increases their chances to win. I expect that they will get another key role player to transfer to the North Fulton School. You cannot, however, discount the defending Three-Time State Champion Miller Grove. They lose two three starters (Henry Brooks, Davonte Provost and Thomas Marshall), but return a solid core of players led by the state’s real TOP Prospect and snubbed Mr. Georgia player Toney Parker. Along with Parker, MG has D-I prospects Brandon Morris and sharpshooter Justin Colvin to lead the way. The backcourt will be replaced by Devon Provost and a slew of front runners for the point guard position led by Christian Houston. No transfers, thus far, just building guys from the 9th grade on up…
SWD will be another contender, also. Shaq Goodwin and Jordan Price will be a dynamic duo, that will be assisted by a few experienced players that will make SWD a threat in AAAA.

Remember, MG finished 33-1 and No. 3 in the last National Poll. #Onlyafan

@notsofast

June 24th, 2011
4:12 pm

Hey these two schools are in different classes so they both are front runners for a return to the championship game. But never under estimate other DEKALB county teams that will make a great run. AAAA SWD (i pick them to beat MG twice this year, but loose the one that counts) and COLUMBIA. THE REAL TEAM OF DEKALB COUNTY. MG will play a national schedule this year, lets see how they come out, it could take its toll on the players and coaching staff. It will be interesting i hear they only have one coach that works at the school, the others just show up for games, (how does that work), and is TONY PARKER transfering to MILTON also????

K From Da Wood

June 24th, 2011
5:14 pm

Job related? I have worked all over Metro – Atl and even in other states, but I always live where I live. Not many folks around here move to be close to there job…it just doesn’t happen. I bet if the GHSA ran it down there would be a lot of dropping off and picking up going with this young fellow! Oh well good luck!

Norcross Fan

June 24th, 2011
5:19 pm

What’s good Milton Dad Norcross has entered the discussion. What response are you looking for? We will still beat you even with this transfer. Now put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Richard Alpert

June 24th, 2011
7:13 pm

I saw David Boyd at the Masters and he was wearing a Milton B-ball t-shirt and sweat pants… at THE MASTERS!!!

Coach Who Knows

June 24th, 2011
7:17 pm

I really don’t have a problem with kids transferring, b/c at the end of the day teams win championships, not individual players(i.e. Gac, miller grove, Dallas mavs)!! However, I do have a problem with a program(see Miller Grove) winning/losing w/a kid who has been a part of your program for 4 yrs and dont even graduate high school!! Now there is a problem!!

Milton Dad

June 24th, 2011
9:52 pm

Norcross Fan not this year you just lost about 18pts a game didnt you

Bleed red

June 24th, 2011
10:46 pm

No loyalty that’s why kids are the way they are They sell the soul to the devil just for fame & $

Bleed red

June 24th, 2011
10:51 pm

Don’t think u no the kid noneya already had all the big schools looking at cherokee which played in won the toughest regions compared to the school he transferd to dunwoody

black1

June 25th, 2011
5:11 pm

ITS TOO EARLY FOR ME TO START TALKING RECRUITING

Norcross Fan

June 25th, 2011
9:09 pm

@milton dad .. yeah maybe but we got the kid from st benedict named jalen. thats another 20 pts right there. and yeah go ahead .. milton is no program. we teach defense to our boys over at norcross and milton will dam sure choke again just like last years state championship. defense wins championships. not scores ( scott,parker,nolte,royal )

Got Milton dad's back

June 26th, 2011
2:46 pm

Norcross won last year after Milton won it the year before; the overall record is 3-1 Milton’s favor. We’ll see about this year. I think Milton will be ok. No program? That is hilarious; how did Milton just sign a four year deal with Nike? Kee p bringing in those brawlers; the guy who hit the ref; then your post breaks his jaw; great program. You couldn’t win state with Jeremy lamb and he lead UConn to the national championship. lol

Milton Dad

June 26th, 2011
6:44 pm

who plays/played defense on Norcross just curious?…. the new kid who puts up 20?

milton fan

June 26th, 2011
11:04 pm

I go to Milton and just saying Milton dad you are not representing our school the way it should be. Let the basketball players play their game and we will see who comes out on top. Last year is over and its a start to next year. no point in arguing. Go Eagles!

William Casey

June 27th, 2011
9:10 am

Well, you can say what you want to, but, I coached against Milton last Summer and here is what I saw: a highly talented group of individuals who played as a disciplined TEAM. This was a Summer game with nothing on the line and Milton played as if it were the State Championship. Total unselfishness with egos under control. What player would not want to be part of that? I wouldn’t bet against Milton this year.

HoopDog

June 27th, 2011
10:46 am

Milton Dad and Dad’s Back –

How dare you bring up something as if your team/players/coach were perfect. Why was your Vandy commit suspended the first games of the season? Oh yeah – thief. Why is your HC banned from Gwinnett County Schools for life? Oh yeah – immoral.

Your HC is the single most despised individual in GA HS Athletics today. Why? Because he cheats in his sleep. Showing up at AAU tournaments in full PE gear and rings? Speaking to every kid that walks by? It is disgusting.

Nike school? Great. Norcross has been a Nike school for 10+ years now.

Couldn’t win with Jeremy Lamb? Lamb was the best player on an overachieving team. You lost (choked) with Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s kid. Were out-coached, out-played, out-hustled, and out-classed. Always have been.

Are you proud of your HC when he taunts other teams student sections? Or curses as fans? If so, good luck to you and the children you think you are mentoring / raising.

Not So Fast My Friend

June 27th, 2011
3:58 pm

Columbia, the best team in DeKalb. If we were referring to the past, you might have a legit argument. Nowadays, its Miller Grove, 2a. Columbia 2.b SWD. Like your predictions last season, your prognosis this season is wrong. How can a National Schedule wear the coaching staff and players down.. Sir, the schedule will be parallel to the previous three seasons, where MG has played a National Schedule. If anything, the level of competition will help them in the playoffs..
Don’t get me wrong, Columbia is a talented school, but Miller Grove is on top right now because of head-to-head match-ups and overall performance.

Got Milton dad's back

June 27th, 2011
5:21 pm

Hey Hoopdog ; word on the street is u lost Bolden to North Gwinnett. Sorry big dog but Milton’s go tthe edge on Norcross the last three years and going to be four; watch. One mo thing: likeability is way overrated! lol

Hoopdog

June 27th, 2011
6:56 pm

Got Milton Dad’s Back – you just gave yourself away. “likeability is way overrated” is David Boyd’s FAVORITE saying when people bring up his past. Just can’t help yourself can you COACH?

And got the edge on Norcross the last three years? Stick to teaching your one class of remedial Enlgish. NHS won state last year after you proclaimed NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP prior to the first practice. How, exactly is that getting the BEST of NHS?

And love your veiled attempt at ebonics. So classy

Got Milton dad's back

June 27th, 2011
11:31 pm

LOL Hoopdog! u must be sherlock holmes;

Emanon

June 28th, 2011
9:36 am

Hey – Got Milton Dad’s Back …Norcross State Champs 4 of last 6 years…Milton’s body of work doesn’t even come close yet…so please stop it….and by the way…the one state championship Milton did win….don’t forget the asterisk!!

bleed blue

June 28th, 2011
9:51 am

dont forget the west ga game last year Milton won by controversy!!!!

norcross over milton anyday

nick p.

June 30th, 2011
9:08 am

hoopdog: i smell a lot of paranoia, fear and envy form you,it seems like people who brag the most are usually the ones with most deficencies! i recommend you simmer down a bit and time we’ll definitely tell who will be there at the end, as far as those who dont like the transfer system in high school system, instead of hating, you can pressure the powers that be to change the rules, until then you cant punish or start rumors for those who are following the rules, right now there is nothing anyone can do about a family who wants their child to join a winning program when they voluntarily move to that school districts residence, this is not communit N. Korea, people have the right to move and join that districts school for what ever reason they desire, everyone is following the rules, if their any violation with all the press milton gets something would have been proven and done about it, the fact that there is nothing means unless rules change there is nothing anyone can do about families moving and wanting the best for their children no matter what that might be or how others on this post feel about it!

Wolverine

June 30th, 2011
1:18 pm

Transfering to Milton due to employment? Mom still employed at same school in Henry County. Younger brother and sister enrolled in Henry County schools. That excuse does not work

Honest Ingine

July 1st, 2011
2:05 am

Looks like the GHSA has no nuts when it comes to transfers…..

NoLion

July 1st, 2011
2:07 am

Milton dad,,,,Jeremy Lamb, did take his team to the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, because the kids at Norcross are team players, Dont see any of the Milton “Hot Shots” winning national titles, much less playing in the title game. Go blow a big one…

NoLion

July 1st, 2011
2:16 am

and one more thing, Norcross won State with his brother Zach and yes Jeremy was on the team as a freshman and sophmore….

BB man

July 1st, 2011
3:38 pm

Already, and we even haven’t had one snap in football……

Gwinnett BB Fan

July 1st, 2011
3:39 pm

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Gwinnett BB Fan

July 1st, 2011
3:40 pm

Will be interesting to say the least, P’tree Ridge picked up some transfers along with Collins Hill…

Got Milton dad's back

July 1st, 2011
10:37 pm

NoLion, let’s at least give the Milton players a chance to play a year of college. Those players lead Milton in AAAAA to three straight state championship games. As sophs they lost to Wheeler, and won it as juniors; then beat Oak Hill, Winter park twice, and Norcross during the season. It’s hard to beat the same team four times in a row. Norcross deserves all the credit though for not giving up when they were down late. They wanted it just a little more.

Zone3canE

July 2nd, 2011
12:53 am

I’ve been saying this for years if Milton, Norcross and Wheeler didn’t recruit players from the city and all over the metro the communities that these 3 schools are located in would not even produce winning teams let alone championship caliber teams. That’s why 5A basketball in Georgia is a joke. The fact that a school like Milton located on the FORSYTH COUNTY BORDER(remember HOSEA) is able to field a team like that, in a community the total opposite is a travesty!

Got Milton dad's back

July 2nd, 2011
7:04 am

Zone3canE how naive u r. What on earth do u think is going on at Columbia (do u think all those players actually live there>); Miller Grove (Parker was in the Redan district); SW Dekalb (Pricethird school). How bout South Atlanta (second best player last year transferred from Meadowcreek). In metro Atlanta all schools get transfers for numerous reasons. It’s all relevant. Believe it or not, some folks actually move for better academic opportunities. What do these schools that get good players offer? A good program? Good academics? A great schedule? Coaching? College coaches visiting? Milton’s 7th and 9th players both received full basketball scholarships this year. And communities do change for the better I may add.

Three Straight + One

July 2nd, 2011
11:16 am

Hey Milton daddy. What do you think about Norcross being the team of the decade. Good luck trying to win your second state championship.

Norcross Boys’ Major Accomplishments

*Won 4 of the last 6 state championships
*Won 5 of last 7 region championships
*Elite 8 in State or better in last 7 years
*2nd or better in Region last 10 years
*Only lost 34 of the last 304 games or won 89%
*Won every home game since mid 2002 or 100 games
*29 players have earned college scholarships
*6 players have become professional players
*First 5-AAAAA basketball program to win Boys & Girls championships in the same year
*Norcross High School was the 12th school in Georgia  history to have won duel state basketball championships since 1945
GO BLUE DEVILS!

Milton has better AP math scores

July 2nd, 2011
1:58 pm

Three of the 34 losses to Milton. Wheeler got the 2000’s despite Berkmar’s good start (4 state titles to 3 to 2); this decade is 1-1. Lot left to play. Get some math help. LOL

Three Straight + One

July 2nd, 2011
5:28 pm

Yes but The devils won the big game, 2011 5AAAAA CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!

Sorry Milton Daddy…I know it still hurts ya……you probably already had counted that one didn’t you?

Don’t forget we also beat you the year before before the worst call in GA high school sports history.

But Norcross made it up by the greatest upset in GA high school sports…..sorry MD!!!