By Jeff Borzello
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Heading into the Real Deal in the Rock in April, Charles Mann was looking to make a name for himself.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Union Grove (Ga.) was scheduled to go up against Dream Vision and Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s best perimeter player.
“I just wanted to play my game,” Mann said. “I got out there and didn’t worry what his name was.”
Mann said he outscored Muhammad, 28-13, and was the primary defender on him the entire game.
“I held him,” Mann said.
Since then, his recruitment has blown up, with Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.), UCF, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee all pursuing Mann.
Six schools are standing out: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
“I definitely want to take officials to Georgia, Florida State and Georgia Tech,” he said. “I haven’t decided on the other two.”
When it comes time to decide on a school, Mann knows he wants to contribute immediately once he gets there.
“I’m looking for playing time," he said. "I want to come in as a freshman and start. I’m trying to get better, get to the next level.”
Unfortunately for Mann, he injured his ankle recently and was only at 70 percent entering the camp. After playing with the injury for one game, it was decided that he would shut it down for the rest of camp.
Before that, Mann wanted to continue his momentum from earlier in the spring.
“I want to show I’m just as good as everybody else,” he said. “I don’t worry about my ranking.”