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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