You can always tell a college coach’s priority by which prospects he scouts in person on the first day of the NCAA’s summer “contact period.”
Wednesday was the first day.
Where was UGA basketball coach Mark Fox?
Well, he was watching one of the state of Georgia’s top basketball prospects for 2012 — but it wasn’t anywhere around these parts.
Fox traveled to Indianapolis to scout Charles Mann, a 6-foot-5, 193-pound point guard who has around 15 early scholarship offers, including UGA, Georgia Tech, UConn, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Auburn and South Carolina. Mann, who transferred to Milton High School from Union Grove for his senior season, plays with the Southern Select AAU team.
“Coach Fox could’ve been anywhere on the first day, and he was there to see Charles,” Milton coach David Boyd said. “Charles is a very big priority for Georgia. They are graduating both starting guards after this season. Charles Mann would have the chance to step in and play immediately, and that has got to be appealing.”
Mann has been impressive this spring with his basketball skills. “He has a high basketball IQ, and great size at the guard position,” Boyd said. “He can shoot outside, and he can post smaller guards up inside. He really does everything really well. Probably the biggest concern you hear from college coaches about Charles is ‘Will he be physical enough to step in right away as a college freshman and led a high D1 team?’ The answer to that seems to be ‘yes.’”
This is Mark Fox’s most important year for recruiting since he has been at Georgia. The Class of 2012 is the deepest in state history, with at least 23 rising seniors already holding scholarship offers from high D1 schools. To provide some perspective, only a dozen Georgia players signed with high D1 schools this past season.
UPDATE: Georgia Tech was also scouting Mann on the first day, along with coaches from Tennessee, Stanford, Central Florida and Virginia Tech. Mann didn’t notice them while playing because he said he was focused on the game. However, Mann was told later that representatives from those schools — and many more — were in the stands.
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