Two years ago, Virginia Tech landed a standout wing forward out of the state of Georgia in former Stone Mountain High School standout Terrell Bell. Two years later, head coach Seth Greenberg has received a verbal commitment from another wing from the Stone Mountain area.
Earlier today, 6-7, 198-pound forward/guard Manny Atkins pledged to Coach Greenberg and company following a busy week of college visits that included a trip to Blacksburg.
“I took three visits this past week. I went to Marquette on Thursday, Clemson on Saturday and Virginia Tech on Sunday,” Atkins said. He was accompanied by his mother on all three trips. “Marquette and Virginia Tech were real close on my list. The main reason that separated them was that Marquette is real far from home. Virginia Tech is only two hours away and I also loved the campus. It’s real nice. Coach Greenberg is cool. I felt like I could be real comfortable there. I met with the academic advisor, who seemed real strong on getting players to graduate.”
Averaging 13.4 points per game as a sophomore, Atkins helped Tucker to a state championship title in the 2006/2007 season. As a junior this past season, he averaged 20.5 points (52-percent from the field including 44-percent from 3-point range), 10.4 rebounds and three assists per game. A multi-talented player, Atkins believes he could play the two or the three at Virginia Tech.
“Coach Greenberg said they feel real good about me. He said he really loved that I decided to come,” said Atkins, who will sign with the Hokies in November. “They told me they have a wing guard – A.D. [Vassallo] – who is supposed to leave in the year I’m coming up. They are looking at me as a wing guard.
“I’m very versatile. I can do a lot of things. My biggest strength is shooting the ball. Coach [James] Hartry has got me playing everything for my school. I’ll play inside and outside. Whatever we need to do to win, I’ll do.”
Atkins and Bell know each other very well, as Tucker and Stone Mountain are rivals on the basketball court.
“That’s my boy,” Atkins said of Bell. “We’re real cool. When I went there, I was hanging out with him half the time. He showed me...
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