Virginia Tech transfer Manny Atkins commits to Georgia State

From VT to GSU: Former Tucker HS standout Manny Atkins (Special)

From VT to GSU: Former Tucker HS standout Manny Atkins (Special)

Virginia Tech basketball transfer Manny Atkins has committed to Georgia State.

“It’s home, and it’s my home school,” Atkins told the AJC on Tuesday night. “I told myself if I decide to leave Virgina Tech, I will come home and work it out from there. I love the new coaching staff at Georgia State. It seemed like the right fit for me. I like how coach [Ron Hunter] has the system running for next year. I look forward to playing for him.”

The 6-foot-7 forward was one of Georgia’s most-heavily recruited prospects out Tucker High School in 2009, signing with Virginia Tech over around 15 offers, including Georgia Tech, UGA, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan and Florida State. He played two years at the ACC school, averaging 4.9 points as a reserve this past season.

“I was looking for more playing time,” Atkins said. “I just felt like I wasn’t getting as much playing time as I wanted and that it wasn’t going to get any better my junior year. I felt like Virginia Tech was going to give me more time, but not as much time as I was looking for as a junior.”

Atkins said he was also talking with UNC Charlotte and Tennessee Tech, while others sent feelers to express interest. Atkins committed to Georgia State on Tuesday and will officially be a member of the program when he enrolls in summer classes on June 5. Per NCAA rules, Atkins will sit out next season and have two years to play for Georgia State.

“I think things are going to blow up at Georgia State under Coach Hunter,” Atkins said. “I think we have something good going on, and I want to be a part of it. Hopefully, we’ll have another good recruiting class and we’ll get to the NCAA tournament next season.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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May 18th, 2011
12:05 am

Welcome home Manny!!!

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May 18th, 2011
2:59 am

This new energy for GSU basketball is really making things look up for the school. If State can get a solid football and basketball program together who knows what the future might hold for Georgia State

GSU Men's BB Fan

May 18th, 2011
7:52 am

Welcome Mr. Atkins! Looking forward to seeing you on Decatur Street!

Ol' Hookie 27

May 18th, 2011
7:57 am

GSU got a steal on this one. This kid is a much better player than his number would suggest, but he just didn’t fit the system up in Blacksburg, and quite frankly, wasn’t give the right opportunity. He’ll be a solid double-figure player in the CAA and a heck of a star for the Panthers.

GSU = georgia STATE university,

May 18th, 2011
7:58 am

Very good pick up. We had Joe Dukes come in from the ACC a couple years ago and he ended up being one of our best players. He will definetly have an impact after his redshirt, especially once this large group of seniors graduate.


May 18th, 2011
7:58 am

Big pickup for Ga State. Good stuff.


May 18th, 2011
10:19 am

I am so excited to watch how great GSU basketball is going to be under CRH!


May 18th, 2011
10:51 am

Good stuff. Love all the local kids headed there these days. It will be a fun program to watch grow the next few years.


May 18th, 2011
11:20 am

Looks like a great pick up! Coach Hunter is doing work! Go State!


May 18th, 2011
12:13 pm

CRH and staff continue to amaze.


May 18th, 2011
12:41 pm

Awesome for GSU basketball! Welcome Manny to the GSU Panther PAC! You will for sure help the Panthers dominate in the CAA in the near future. GSU is well on the way to becoming a powerhouse in sports in the State of Georgia. With our facilities continuing to improve the in state kids will figure out that GSU is another option to play in front of the hometown folks. Look out TECH and UGA because we will figure strong in the recruiting picture in the near future! GO PANTHERS!!!


May 18th, 2011
1:03 pm

See my Storm Johnson comments. Should have played at GSU first. he would have been a better player.


May 18th, 2011
2:19 pm

Welcome to the Panther Nation Manny!

[...] Atkins will sit out the 2011-12 season and be eligible to return for the 2012-13 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. Atlanta Journal Constitution Article [...]


May 18th, 2011
3:02 pm

Georgia Tech, Auburn, Michigan, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia State, then why is Georgia UGA with you Carvell???

Delbert D.

May 18th, 2011
3:10 pm

Smart move. He discovered that basketballs aren’t round at VaTech, they have laces and pointy ends.


May 18th, 2011
4:48 pm

Welcome home Manny, we are so glad you decided to come back home. I know you are really going to love all the exciting things going on at State and being a Panther!!


May 18th, 2011
9:31 pm

Now all we need is a decent gym to play in! Oh, and a few winning seasons…


May 18th, 2011
11:12 pm

Excited to have Manny join the team. Welcome home and Go Panthers!

[...] Georgia State also scooped up a transfer, Manny Atkins, who is following a familiar pattern at the school – an Atlanta metro area kid who goes away to a SEC / ACC  school, doesn’t get enough playing time and returns home. Some, like Joe Dukes have turned out to be good players for the Panthers. Others haven’t made an impact in the CAA. Atkins is a 6-foot-7 wing, who averaged 4.9 points at Virginia Tech last season. He’ll sit out the 11-12 season and have two years remaining. Share and Enjoy: [...]

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