Union Grove’s Charles Mann offered by national champion UConn, will visit Georgia Tech

UConn (AP)

UConn coach Jim Calhoun hit the jackpot with former Norcross High star Jeremy Lamb and is after another Georgia guard (AP)

This is a big week for Charles Mann, one  of the Georgia’s top college basketball prospects for 2012.

A few days ago, the Union Grove High School guard was offered by the reigning national champions, UConn. Mann already had 10 early offers, including Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Rice, George Mason and Northwestern. But this one was special.

“I have always been a big fan of UConn,” Mann told the AJC. “That’s pretty much my dream school. I was real excited and shocked when they offered.”

Was he excited enough to commit? “No, my family wants to go up there and spend some time with the coaches before we think about making any decisions.”

While UConn appears to the early frontunner for Mann, it faces a tough challenger with Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets haven’t offered but have scouted Mann a few times recently.

The 6-foot-5, 193-pound Mann said he was invited to make an unofficial visit to meet with new Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory on Friday. “I’ve always wanted to go to Georgia Tech since I was little. I’ve always been a big fan. I’ve already talked with them a little, and they said they are really going to be on me. They pretty much said they are going to offer me. We’ll see.”

Mann averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists as a junior. He is projected to play both point guard and shooting guard in college. He said Georgia Tech, Nebraska or Central Florida may be his next offer. Mann said he’s had some communication with Florida State, Clemson, Auburn and UGA.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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36 comments Add your comment


May 4th, 2011
11:11 am

First! Mann is the man at UGHS. Look forward to seeing him play his senior year. Go Jackets!


May 4th, 2011
11:40 am

Take U Conn over GT. Look long and hard at UGA with this new bunch. A good guard would be the next need if Ware doesn’t go there.

The Bees Nees

May 4th, 2011
11:43 am

Hopefully we will get to see you and your skills on the flats soon. Don’t listen to this chump above.

Animal Control Officer

May 4th, 2011
11:44 am

barely a mention of uga in the article, I think you a fool remarkable


May 4th, 2011
11:51 am

Couldn’t agree more with Remarkable, in the sense that he should take a long, hard look @ UGA. Coach Fox definitely seems to have them pointed in the right direction with the recent signing of C John Cannon and the signing of G Caldwell-Pope. If he gets Ware, and he and Caldwell-Pope aren’t “one and done” guys, then the addition of Mann could wreak havoc on backcourts everywhere for a couple years!

Outside Observer

May 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

Dawgfans, don’t forget your own words. Many of you said there was a lot of hype surrounding Paul Johnson because he inherited several professional caliber players. Once he was forced to coach his own recruits, the Ws would start to decrease and we would get more Ls. I think it’s too soon to really understand the direction of the Tech football program as of yet, but Fox might not be the savior for Georgia basketball that many of you are touting him as. I’m not saying Fox will fail, nor am I saying Paul Johnson will flop. But before you praise Fox and demean Johnson, look and the mirror and see if there are similarities. I personally think both coaches will do fine at their respective positions.

GT hulk

May 4th, 2011
12:16 pm

If Uconn offered, then you know he has talent–hope this new GT coach dosent let this young man get away—OFFER!!!!!


May 4th, 2011
12:37 pm

He really wants to come to Georgia. That would be very nice.


May 4th, 2011
12:41 pm

Hope you pick GT but what ever you do Best of Luck. I really believe you would like Coach Gregory and New program at GT.

Bitter 7 years in collage

May 4th, 2011
12:44 pm

im runn-in out of time—–late for class—–hahahahahahahbammmmma suxxxxx

————————–tree killers—————-

Team Dream

May 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

Look at me! Look at me! Dribble, dribble … juke, jive … drive the basket and ALWAYS strive for the highlight reel. What? There are 4 other players on my team … oh yeah, I forgot. But hey, wasn’t that dunk spectacular?


May 4th, 2011
1:38 pm

No he doesn’t AthensDawgs but you can keep thinking that.


May 4th, 2011
1:44 pm

Why has UGA not offered?????????????????????????????


May 4th, 2011
2:39 pm

many times coaches offer a player when they take a visit. I expect GT will want to make the offer face to face.

Mann would be coming to GT as the first class to play in the new arena. It’s going to be awesome. I think he’d really enjoy playing before hometown fans.


May 4th, 2011
2:41 pm

Wow Team Dream that might be the dumbest ish I have ever heard. It’s a highlight video stupid


May 4th, 2011
3:21 pm

Boyd has his teeth in this one trying to get him over at Milton….


May 4th, 2011
3:40 pm

Outside Observer,

I think the difference would be that CPJ at GT doesn’t seem to be landing any potential first round draft picks, like the ones he inheritied. Felton definately left the cupboard full for Fox but Fox has also brought some big time talent with him to Athens.

This opinion does have a biased slant to it, sorry.


May 4th, 2011
3:41 pm

Judging by Mann`s comments, it seems the beginning of a lot of media attention due to the multi offers and interest he says he is getting.
This usually leads to commitments then de-commitments several times
before the player actually signs with a school. Then you get the hype really going with the family, the fans, the media, high school and college coaches putting their advice in which results in total confusion for the player.

Outside Observer

May 4th, 2011
4:19 pm

RomeDawg, If by first round talent you mean KCP, then I believe that gives Fox one recruit with first round potential. Marcus Thornton will not be first round material. None of the other recruits even had any hype surrounding them. I admit CPJ hasn’t brought in any first round talent that we know of yet, but he won a conference championship. Fox hasn’t come close yet. I know Fox has only had two recruiting classes, but now he is losing two guys to the NBA draft, with only one potential NBA player. Seems to me like the numbers are declining.
And no worries, my opinion also has a biased slant to it as well. Nobody is perfect.

Beast from the East

May 4th, 2011
5:58 pm

Drew Smith

May 4th, 2011
6:57 pm

Solid info! I wonder if this’ll show up on CoachWatcher. CW is the place to go for all the latest coaching info, news, & rumors. http://www.CoachWatcher.com


May 4th, 2011
7:02 pm

Doggies, Chuck isn’t going to go to UGA.

Tech fan

May 4th, 2011
9:11 pm

What did Fox do with all talent? Two first rounders out of five positions. What did Coach Johnson do with two first rounders out of 22 positions? Win an ACC championship and spank UGA! Fox did nothing but underachieve.


May 4th, 2011
9:17 pm

Tech fan, don’t try to reason with romedawg, it’s pointless. If I had a nickel for every misspelled word or double negative that ole boy cranked out on GT blogs I’d retire and buy my own island.

just saying

May 4th, 2011
9:50 pm

if he goes to UCONN, he will be playing under NCAA sanctions, that coach does not run an above board program and never will

Team Dream

May 4th, 2011
11:18 pm

@Bobby … I wasn’t referring to the highlight video on this blog … I was referring to Charles Mann’s play in general. I’ve seen the kid play several times and its always the same: a playground hero who’s seen too many “And 1″ videos and cares nothing about real teamwork or fundamental basketball to enhance and add to his natural talents. Got it? Good.


May 5th, 2011
12:05 am

Scout/Rivals disagrees with you. He played well at the real deal.

Nole fan

May 5th, 2011
6:16 am

Go Huskies

May 5th, 2011
6:18 am

Jeremy Lamb and Mia Moore both made the right choice, head north!!! Go Huskies. Not to mention UCONN has as many players in the NBA as anyone.


May 5th, 2011
6:39 am

What a surprise! A top player getting offers from a top D-1 out-of-state ball program! Sure sounds like Fox is on top of this one.
I agree with what someone said earlier; it’s too early to annoint a savior in Athens and 8.5M to make sure he’s happy? You make room for a top player and you show him interest.
Mann being a Tech fan since he was a kid tells you everything you need to know about Athens and how they’re doing with local kids.
Georgia is lucky to get mentioned with these kids. Ware has Georgia on his short list? How tough must it be after turning away 2 schools…..sounds like basketball is going strong in Athens.
How else can you explain 2 guys leaving after getting ’some’ national recognition? Sounds like they couldn’t wait to get out…..no speculation there…hiring an agent as soon as one wounld answer their phone.
Well, look for CPH to do as well as the top 2 local yocals the next couple of years.


May 5th, 2011
8:22 am

Yea, go to UGA, their storied basketball history and everything, heck, I think they won a NCAA tournament game, uh, what, 15 years ago?

Buzz ME

May 5th, 2011
9:07 am

Hope to see you on the flats and along with Julian Royal play a huge part in rebuilding the program and taking it to the next level…but best of luck to in you in any regard


May 5th, 2011
5:29 pm

Hey guys I don’t want to hurt your feelings but UGA is 7-4 vs tech in the last 11 yrs & Coach Fox is 2-0!! Also our AD was @ Florida when they were a joke only to get the right coach & win @ NCAA tournaments….just sayin

Six National Championships to uga's one

May 5th, 2011
7:52 pm

Keep dreaming.

Six National Championships to uga's one

May 5th, 2011
7:54 pm

And guess what…..he’s at uga now, and they have ALWAYS been a joke!

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