Charles Mann, who is considered state’s No. 1 college basketball prospect at point guard, committed to UGA over Florida State on Friday.
“The most important thing about UGA is that it’s close to home, so my friends and family can watch me play,” Mann told the AJC. “It was down to Georgia and Florida State. Georgia has two point guards leaving after this season, giving me a great chance to come in and start. I’ve built a great relationship with the coaches, and I felt like Georgia was the best place for me.”
The 6-foot-5, 193-pound Mann picked UGA out of 24 offers, which also included reigning NCAA champion UConn. Mann averaged 22 points as a junior at Union Grove High School. This summer, he transferred to Milton High School for his senior year.
“I think there were a lot of factors, one of them being the great opportunity to step in there and have a chance to start as a freshman,” Milton coach David Boyd said. “He’s got an outstanding wing in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. There are some ‘bigs’ already there. He also wanted to stay close to home, so his family could see him play. He also wants a chance to play at the highest level, and Coach [Mark Fox] has a good record of getting guys to the NBA.”
It ended a streak of bad luck for Fox at Milton High School. Two of the team’s top seniors from this past season’s team, power forward Julian Royal (signed with Georgia Tech) and swingman Dai-Jon Parker (Vanderbilt), had Georgia among their finalists. However, the biggest blow might’ve been the commitment of rising senior Evan Nolte to Virginia over UGA. Nolte’s older brother, Connor Nolte, plays for Fox at UGA. Nolte and Mann will play together in Milton’s backcourt this season.
“Coach Fox spoke at our banquet this spring, and it was right after Evan Nolte committed to Virginia,” Boyd said. “I told Coach Fox ‘I bet you get a Milton player coming up.’ I didn’t have any particular player in mind. But I felt like it was going to happen and it did with Charles.”
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