Charles Mann, Georgia’s No. 1 point guard, picks UGA over Florida State

Mark Fox turned around his luck with recruiting at Milton High School by landing the state's No. 1 PG for 2012 (AJC photo)

Mark Fox turned around his luck with recruiting at Milton High School by landing the state's No. 1 PG for 2012 (AJC photo)

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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114 comments Add your comment

JT

July 22nd, 2011
5:52 pm

K. Conley

July 22nd, 2011
5:55 pm

Wow!!! Not a stretch to say the Dawgs could have the best backcourt in the country in a couple of years with he and Kentavious. What a huge pickup!!! Coach Fox will make UGA extremely relevant in basketball. Let’s get some BIGS!!!!

tckr83

July 22nd, 2011
6:01 pm

Isn’t there a few other big time recruits at Milton this year?

KOOL

July 22nd, 2011
6:06 pm

Can he also play running back at a high level?

Charlie Hayes

July 22nd, 2011
6:07 pm

Great pickup Dawgs! Now, WIN THE SEC!

Cedric

July 22nd, 2011
6:07 pm

There must be something going on which these kids know thats attracting them to Milton. It seems like they treating high school like college the way these kids keep transferring to that school. I know somebody gonna look into if these kids are actually moving into that school district.

YellowJacket

July 22nd, 2011
6:09 pm

Congrats to the kid but UGA will always be the second best program in the state. Be prepared to go 0-4 against GT.

tckr83

July 22nd, 2011
6:15 pm

Ha! That “second best program in the state”… is 6-4 against the Nerds.

tckr83

July 22nd, 2011
6:16 pm

6-4 over the last ten seasons…

Worm

July 22nd, 2011
6:19 pm

Great pick-up…Dawgs need some Bigs and it’s game on!

Worm

July 22nd, 2011
6:20 pm

SSjacket-You folks at Tech outta’ know about one and dones..

gt4ever

July 22nd, 2011
6:21 pm

HHHHHMMMMMMMMMM, Milton for his senior year…. Kinda strange..

Proud-Dawg

July 22nd, 2011
6:25 pm

@YellowJacket….Tech lost to UGA and Kennesaw State, so if my math is correct, looks like Tech is the 3rd best bball team in the state. Times have changed. It’s going to be many years before Tech can compete with UGA again.

RRTDawgs

July 22nd, 2011
6:28 pm

Yaaaaaaaaaa right yellow jacket we have Caldwell Pope and now Mann could also add Shaq Goodwin sounds me like Jackets fans little bitter so here comes the bashing of this kid .

repeat offenders

July 22nd, 2011
6:28 pm

yellow jacket, he didn’t sign with Kennesaw State, oh wait, Tech lost to them too, what tournament did Tech qualify for last year?

Greg

July 22nd, 2011
6:32 pm

I’m a UGA fan, not a troll, but I seriously doubt Caldwell is at UGA more than two years and there’s a good possibility he’ll be one and done.

RRTDawgs

July 22nd, 2011
6:33 pm

By the way choose UGA over Florida its funny the jacket fans cry little children when player chooses us over them then the conspiracy theory’s start up .

bgdawg

July 22nd, 2011
6:35 pm

does anyone else hate the one year of college rule? i think they should get rid of it.

GTJason

July 22nd, 2011
6:37 pm

Are we really having this debate. Just like we can’t touch your conference argument in football, you can’t touch ours in basketball. Look at the record of the past 25 years. Everyone home team has won in the series between us except for us last year and 2 years when UGA wasn’t using a real stadium. That being said posterity has to come down to conferences and we take you every year (with the exception of Kentucky) And we lost to K-State once, how many times have you guys lost to Mercer???

Destin Dawg

July 22nd, 2011
6:39 pm

Great !!! awesome get for the BBall Dawgs.. things going uphill in Athens THIS YEAR and next !!! Go Dawgs !!!!

RRTDawgs

July 22nd, 2011
6:41 pm

Can’t wait to see this kid play we needed some shooters bad Go Dawgs .

Paddy

July 22nd, 2011
6:42 pm

bgdawg……one and done has killed the enthusiasm for college basketball. Do like baseball. Sign out of HS or wait till you turn 21 or be a jr in college. Donations to the athletic fund for basketball has fallen off the table all over this country. Noboby knows what your team will be from year to year.

Carl

July 22nd, 2011
6:45 pm

Scout has him ranked 3 stars, 21st at his position. Time will tell.

Derrick

July 22nd, 2011
6:55 pm

Haha GT can’t compete with UGA? I don’t see UGA being better than GT in the future and GT has much better options on board right now. Saw Mann play and he is nothing special.

RRTDawgs

July 22nd, 2011
6:56 pm

Rivals has him ranked in there top 150 so you can have your spin all you want the kid is going to be stud in the SEC .

Derrick

July 22nd, 2011
6:58 pm

Guarentee you he won’t be in the top 150 when rivals updates at the end of the summer.

RRTDawgs

July 22nd, 2011
7:01 pm

Doesn’t the article say the state’s #1 top prospect if he was horrible he would not be ranked that high sounds to me like there some jealous people on here i bet if would have choose Tech there not be any bashing of this kid .

Charles

July 22nd, 2011
7:04 pm

Guarantee you he moves up, Derrick. Those rankings were before all the big offers started rolling in.

RRTDawgs

July 22nd, 2011
7:04 pm

I bet he if went to any other school would not be bashing him sad because he choose UGA they bash this kid say he no good .

RRTDawgs

July 22nd, 2011
7:08 pm

ESPN also has him ranked in there top 100 and a top prospect .

techfan

July 22nd, 2011
7:10 pm

He certainly isn’t horrible. The title kinda misleads how good he really is though. The next highest rated point guard from GA is a 2 star. He is a pretty good pickup who i’m sure will be a contributor.

Charles

July 22nd, 2011
7:14 pm

Yeah, techfan, pretty good contributor. That’s why the defending national champs – and your ever-dying program – offered him. He’s jumped onto the scene in the last 6 months or so. He’s only going to climb in the rankings as he’s having a big summer on the AAU circuit and will be in the limelight at Milton. Kid’s a very good player.

Typical Techie sour grapes.

buzz

July 22nd, 2011
7:15 pm

Great job Michael! Anyone else you can help recruit to Athens?

AAU ..

July 22nd, 2011
7:16 pm

@Buzz and rest of the NERDS, we get 1 out 9 BCS hoopsters out of MHS and all you can do is take cheap shots??? Losers

BigTimeTECHfan

July 22nd, 2011
7:23 pm

From Tech fan- I think UGA got a nice player in Mann and I would have been real happy if he would have signed with Tech.

Congrats to UGA and to Mann, but I still hope Tech beats ya

Hewitt Fan

July 22nd, 2011
7:40 pm

I told everyone that Gt will never ever get another top in state player..

TAKEMYTALENTSTOMILTON

July 22nd, 2011
7:43 pm

So Boyd promised Fox a “Milton Kid” while the kid who’d played 3 years at another school and had not yet transferred to Milton back in the spring. Wow, his powers of prediction are magnificent…

DOG2

July 22nd, 2011
7:46 pm

Techm where probation is a way of life! GT your sports programs cant even cheat right… Remember we run this state, get use to it NERDS!

RomeDawg

July 22nd, 2011
7:51 pm

Great news! Fox is about to build a powerhouse….kinda like Florida, pre-Spurrier. We have everything needed to be great now. (Coach, in-state talent, facilities, rabid fan base)

Watch out!

RRTDawgs

July 22nd, 2011
8:02 pm

Heard threw the grape vine that Mann and Shaq Goodwin are very good friends that Mann is going to recruit him to Athens .

What UGA fans desire is

July 22nd, 2011
8:14 pm

CMF is apparently a good coach and a good recruiter. He comes to the state of Georgia from out west and is beginning to at least get in the homes of some of these kids. Good stuff. He has recruited some kids that we likely would have missed out on, pre CMF.

Over the next 2,3 or 5 years, UGA fans hope to see an exciting and very competitive BB team with anyone that we play. IF we can always be in the hunt for the East in the SEC, then go to the SEC Tourney and win one or two or three, then go to The Dance, then we will have achieved our goals.

If CMF can really get them to take off and become a factor, then within 3 or 5 years, I could envision UGA dropping some LARGE $$ on a new state of the art BB facility. The Lady Dogs would also greatly benefit from that. Maybe state HS tourney could be held there too.

Good luck CMF and keep up the good work and welcome aboard, young man !!

Gooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

boots

July 22nd, 2011
8:24 pm

Way to go Dawgs! This basketball team is fun to watch, and we are in for a bright future. I can’t wait for kickoff and then tipoff for both seasons. Go Dawgs!!!

BG

July 22nd, 2011
8:28 pm

Beast from the East

July 22nd, 2011
8:28 pm

Congrats, Dawgs! Great pick up.

WinderDawg

July 22nd, 2011
8:28 pm

Congrats Coach Fox….

If he can get players to come to UGA as well as Coach Boyd gets them to Milton, UGA will compete with Kentucky and Florida year end and out.

Maybe next year Boyd should speak at UGA’s banquet…

Outside Observer

July 22nd, 2011
8:40 pm

Wow, this comment section turned negative quickly. To be clear, the headline is a little misleading, as my initial thought was the state’s top player committed, not the top PG. Mann seems like a great player, and should contribute immediately. To the UGA fans, congrats. You got a good player on campus. However, don’t get too excited and start proclaiming UGA as a top team. ACC Basketball > SEC Basketball, GT Basketball > UGA Basketball. Win a tournament game and maybe, UGA will get some national recognition. And to my good, delusional friend HewittFan, I was waiting on a prediction of yours to come true. It hasn’t happened yet. If you need a reminder… “I know a another big secret that will come out next week also, it involves another Gt player…One of his former teamates play for the GREAT ATLANTA CELTICS and it has been confirmed” Please note, this was posted right after the Brian Oliver transfer announcement. How long ago was that? Do us all a favor and go crawl back under your rock.

Acc Overrated and getting worse

July 22nd, 2011
9:24 pm

How many acc teams made the tourney in 2011? and How many SEC teams made the tourney?
Was there an ACC team in the final four? Tech new coach = JOKE. Dayton was ready to fire him.

Who give a ______?

July 22nd, 2011
9:46 pm

Congrats, Charles. You just died and went to the SEC.

tenn.DAWG

July 22nd, 2011
10:09 pm

Show some “Georgia Pride”.

m3e

July 22nd, 2011
10:17 pm

Still hasn’t been a Milton kid commit to UGA. This kid has never played for Milton. But I’m sure Coach Boyd will set us all straight on that…