Big Performances Serve As Mann's Catalyst

Charles Mann is another area junior, who has been catching the eye of recruiters through his play at Union Grove in McDonough and as he travels the country with his AAU team. Interest has grown after a solid summer campaign and during his team's run to the State tournament as a regional runner up this season. The 6-5, 190 pound point guard and his coach, Russ Atkins, talked about his recruiting.

Coach Atkins has seen things with Charles Mann's recruitment begin to take off. "Things are really blowing up for him after an impressive (AAU) tournament in Little Rock, where he outscored nationally-ranked Shabazz Muhammed 23-11 and his team (Delight) got to the quarter finals."

Mann's performance in Little Rock is a continuation of his growth after the way he performed for Union Grove last season. "We had a very good year and his stats show how solid he was with 21.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg and 2.2 assists/game."

Charles' growth has also impacted the type of schools that are recruiting him. "I'd say that's true with a number of mid-majors interested about a year ago with offers from Jacksonville, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and that type. Nevada and New Mexico State were two other schools showing interest."

One of the latest schools to enter the picture is Georgia Tech. "They were out Monday and there's been some interest expressed in Charles, but he doesn't have an offer."

Georgia Tech is not the only in-state school expressing interest. "Georgia and Georgia State have also been interested."

We asked Charles if he has any visits planned. "Im going to Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Connecticut for unofficial visits. I don't have offers from any of them." When asked who was recruiting him the hardest, the surprise answer was Nebraska.

Mann has two things he'll be looking at in making his college choice. "Playing time and getting me ready for the next level are important to me." Mann plans to make a November decision with the help of his parents, AAU coach and high school coach.

We asked Coach Atkins if he felt that Charles had any leaders at this time. "I think the schools that he likes are Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, and Florida State." Top Stories