Where was UGA’s head coach on first day of NCAA contact period? (UPDATED)

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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.”

How effectively can UGA coach Mark Fox recruit the state of Georgia? We'll find out over the next few months as he recruits from the deepest talent pool in state history (AJC photo)

How effectively can UGA coach Mark Fox recruit the state of Georgia? We'll find out over the next few months as he recruits from the deepest talent pool in state history (AJC photo)

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.


– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? mcarvell@ajc.com


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July 7th, 2011
10:44 am


July 7th, 2011
10:45 am

not going to do it…


July 7th, 2011
10:55 am

when will someone investigate david boyd and doug lipscomb… dont look now but it will happen before they retire. For what, one may ask? it sure is funny how many d1 prospects they seem to accrue in these preppy suburban schools where most of the talented kids cannot even afford to rent an aprtment closeby

rock steady freddy

July 7th, 2011
10:56 am


July 7th, 2011
10:59 am

I can’t believe Mark Fox’s priorities. He should be in Honduras, building homes. How dare he try and recruit one of the top players of the 2012 class?!!?


July 7th, 2011
11:03 am

The GT staff was there to see Mann but Carvelle didn’t tell you that.


July 7th, 2011
11:08 am

Can he play on the offensive line?

Les W. Moore

July 7th, 2011
11:11 am

Like the football and baseball teams, the UGA basketball team doesn’t have to leave the state in order to sign the world’s best teenage athletes. Mutt basketball has never lacked talent.


July 7th, 2011
11:13 am

Mark Fox does not seem to be a “Silver-Tongued” speaker when it comes to recruiting. He has the looks of a Certified Public Accountant. The sportswriter stated that the class of 2012 has 23 D-1 prospects, UGA will be lucky to get 1. Too bad that Fox is not as sly as one.

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 7th, 2011
11:13 am

UGA will be on probation before this kid sings his LOI.


July 7th, 2011
11:15 am

Does this mean that CMF believes that Shaq Goodwin is a Lock for UCLA? What about Robert Carter as well?


July 7th, 2011
11:23 am

Dawgs99 I hope you are correct. Both of those bigs seem like monsters.If we could snag them and Mann also. UGA could be pretty good along with Caldwee-Pope

Choke Artist Club

July 7th, 2011
11:31 am

This guy will be toast in a couple of years. Goodbye Mark Richt , Goodbye Dave Perno and in a couple of years Goodbye Mark Fox.


July 7th, 2011
11:32 am

I agree with you whole hardly with you SLYGOG, a real coach will take whatever’s at the school to coach. The parents are also to blame for letting these slam ball coaches use there kids!!!!!!!!!


July 7th, 2011
11:35 am

If we land Mann, I’ll be fine with losing Adams. But from what i hear Goodwin is a pure beast.


July 7th, 2011
11:39 am


Pants On the Ground, Panties In the Lap

July 7th, 2011
11:44 am

He was with Courtney Fuhrmann, where else?


July 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

Mark Fox has turned the Georgia basketball program around in just 2 short years. The future is bright for Fox and the Georgia basketball program.

murray to charles

July 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

@Dawgs97…u should try it sometime, my make u better person to serve others


July 7th, 2011
12:23 pm

Slydog, I went to Wheeler and it is hardly a preppy high school. There is plenty to afford in the district.


July 7th, 2011
12:33 pm

Hope we get him………….But, if Duke,UK etc set their sites on him, that is very tempting.

I support the war, not the troops

July 7th, 2011
12:49 pm

This is football country. Stop with the basketball.

Tech Fan

July 7th, 2011
1:22 pm

Georgia Techs to lose.

GT was there to see Mann as well, but Carvell won’t tell you that.

Huge UGA homer.


July 7th, 2011
1:32 pm

I hear about 20 coaches from different schols wewre all there!

Alfred Lippbaum

July 7th, 2011
1:33 pm

Good luck if he can get Mann but he knows it’s a longshot since the word is Mann has already committed to S.C. behind the scenes.


July 7th, 2011
1:45 pm

Sorry’ he’s headed to USC!!!!!


July 7th, 2011
1:49 pm

Them thare chikins are baick to baick chaimpins in baseball.Looks lyke them thare chikins are givin thait Fowx feller fits too. Footbawll for them thare chikins are gonna maike it two in a row over them thare dawgies.

Alfred Lippbaum

July 7th, 2011
1:52 pm

Just as well he goes to USC. Scouting reports show he only shoots from the right side of the goal. He may have gotten by with that in H.S. but it will never work on the collegant level.


July 7th, 2011
1:59 pm

Don’t understand why this is a story. Pretty much all coaches were there: Calipari, Self, Roy, Izzo, Barnes, Miller, Donovan, Howland. Not sure about K, but at a minimum, his minions were there. Fox has to be in Indy for this event and others like it that follow later this month.

Micheal Vick

July 7th, 2011
2:01 pm

Does Georgia have a basketball program?


July 7th, 2011
3:11 pm

Did the recruiting guy who resigned recruit for BB also? What gives with “I never knowingly broke any rules” – same as saying I broke rules but did not know at the time. Like photo day with recruits or ex-players showing up at signings I guess.

ATL Sports Fan

July 7th, 2011
3:32 pm

FBFan, if you read the article you would have seen that was his response from an email from Chip Towers. When you go back and read the article again you will also notice Chip did not include the questions he asked in his email. Thus leaving everyone to speculate that there is some kind of issue about to come about.

Paul in RDU

July 7th, 2011
4:25 pm

Wow – Milton HS seems to do more recruiting than Word of God in Durham and WoG is a private school.


July 7th, 2011
5:16 pm

Choke Artist Club…….boy you don’t like anybody. Why are you on a sports blog. Try the chess club and then a good workout at darts. What a Maroon!!!!!!!!!!

Was that Coach Billy Donovan at Starbucks?

July 7th, 2011
5:22 pm

Saw the super-nice, personable, future Hall-of-Fame NC-winning coach at the Cambridge Sq. Sbux yesterday, over by Marist. I assume he was checking out some AAU Ball at the school…talk about meeting an SEC and CBB Celebrity TOTALLY out of context! It’s always refreshing to meet a famous person who’s NOT full of themselves and appreciates where they are…BTW he said his daughter was going to AUBURN to ride Equestrian with the defending NC team on the Plains…sorry Dawgs, just needed somewhere to share this…I DO like Mark Fox though-too bad his top two fellas left school a year too early…as an honorary Hoosier now, I can say that, yes, IN is STILL a hoops hotbed…so Coach was probably in the right place being in Indy, along with Billy the Kid…the ATL IS ALSO a hoops hotbed…let’s all NEVER take it for granted! Peace…


July 7th, 2011
5:53 pm

LMAO Shaq wouldn’t start over Donte or Marcus? He is 3 times the player than both of them. Donte and Marcus suck….to bad Goodwin is not going to UGA though…Fox is an awful awful recruiter.

Master HS Recruiters

July 7th, 2011
6:47 pm

If Fox can recruit just half as well as Boyd and Lipscomb, he will have the greatest college basketball team in American history. Milton, Wheeler and Norcross have ruined high school basketball. I feel bad for Union Grove and 50 other high school teams who have lost their star players to those guys.


July 7th, 2011
6:49 pm

Recruiting in HS is orchestrated through the AAU coaches.
Normally your so-called big-time HS programs are *hooked up.
*[with one AAU team/program or the other]
Certain HS coaches are slimey, and everyone knows it.
GHSA refuses to act, rather turns a blind eye.
If a small school or even a large school of no prominence
crosses the line, whether aimless or with intent,
the GHSA will surely make an example.
Therefore, the GHSA and their rhetoric would no longer
be culpable of anything save duplicity.


July 7th, 2011
6:56 pm


When you watch the state championship games each yr,
especially at the higher levels, try “not” to get nauseated
when the broadcasters start fawning over certain coaches
and the total # of state championships each has won.


July 7th, 2011
6:58 pm

* I tried to fix my handle – maybe I have it corrected now.


July 7th, 2011
7:25 pm

Hugh Durham was the best….

Nique, Banks, Heard, Fair, Flemming, etc….

To Retired Coach

July 7th, 2011
8:20 pm

I don’t like all the transferring either, but what can the GHSA do? If a family moves into another district, it would seem their hands are tied.


July 8th, 2011
12:56 am

to those that whine about high schools that benefit from transfers, how about you foot the bill for the amount of investigators the state would need to hire to properly manage these situations, yet I’m willing to bet 99% of you would vehemently oppose giving more money to the state to monitor schools. Secondly, it’s America, if a kid wants to go play for a legitimate team that has a chance at state all power to that athlete if they find the proper living arrangements and i’ve posted specifically in these blogs earlier in the year telling where each and every transfer that has come to Wheeler lives and they all legally move in district. Both Boyd and Lipscomb are proven coaches over the last 20 years who have had success without transfers and though they do “recruit” some of these kids, half the time a kid literally walks into the office at Wheeler/Milton/Norcross etc. and ask if the coach would like them on the team. If a D1 player walks into your office telling you that he wants to play for you are you honestly going to tell me that you would tell them no. Like ANY OTHER SPORT OR PROFESSION IN AMERICA- High School, College, or Pro, the best players will flock to the best programs in search of more success than they can attain sticking it out in losing situations.

Hoop Fan

July 8th, 2011
6:57 am

It is an evaluation period…Not a contact period. BIG difference Carvell…do your research before you print.

We're not stupid

July 8th, 2011
7:04 am

W/E, your team won state one year, absolutely loaded with talent from all over metro Atlanta. In the championship game, your leading scorer was a one-year transfer from Campbell who never left his home in Smyrna. Campbell would have been a tough team that year if their best player had played where he lived. You stand on an imaginary soapbox.

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