Talented Tucker Star Gets Early Offer From AU

A heavily recruited basketball prospect from Georgia has lots of choices for a college destination. He discusses that and his interest in Auburn.

Tucker, Ga.--Manny Atkins notes that he is a long way from being ready to make a choice on where he wants to play his college basketball, but when he does get ready to make a selection the talented Tucker High School star will have plenty of choices.

A 6-6, 197-pounder, who can play guard and forward, Atkins averaged 24 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a junior. Numbers like that tend to attract the attention of lots of college coaches and that is the case with Atkins who notes he being recruited by Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Utah, Clemson and Florida State.

After earning second team All-State honors for Tucker High his junior season, he has a busy schedule on the AAU circuit playing for the Atanta Celtics. He played well in recent tournaments in Fayetteville, Ark., and Lawrence, Kan. "I am going to be playing all spring and all summer with my AAU team," he says.

Another reason college scouts like Atkins is that he is also succeeding in the classroom. "I make A's and B's," he notes.

With the end of his junior academic year closing in, he notes he hasn't decided on what he wants to study in college or where he wants to attend college. "I am still open on that," says Atkins, who notes that he didn't grow up a fan of a particular college. "I enjoy watching a lot of different college teams," he says.

Atkins averaged 15 points per game as a sophomore and notes that coaches from Auburn took an early interest. "Auburn was the first college to offer me a scholarship," he says. "I would say I have high interest in Auburn."

One of the reasons Auburn has high interest in Atkins is that he is a player who can score inside and outside. "I would say my strength is my play on the perimeter," says Atkins, who points out that he feels comfortable as a shooting guard or at forward, where he spent a good bit of time playing as a junior because as the tallest player on his high school team they needed his rebound and inside defensive play.

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