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.
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