Charles Mann is undoubtedly the center point of Georgia’s offense, and he is a major factor as to why his Bulldogs are averaging 7 more points per game in conference play this year as compared to last, despite losing SEC Player of the Year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Mann is the proverbial straw that stirs the drink – look no further than his second free throw attempt – which he buried – that secured a thrilling home victory last Saturday in a crucial showdown with the Ole Miss Rebels.
It was fitting that Mann won the game from the line, since he tends to spend so much time there.
Currently, Charles is 16th in the nation in free throw attempts with 202 on the season, and he is taking nearly 9 shots a night from the charity stripe.
Mann’s ability to get to the basket and draw contact from the point guard position is a coveted skill in the world of college basketball. His aggressiveness can put defenses on their heels. He can also use his driving ability to get his team back into games – much like he did last week when Georgia trailed early to both Missy State and Ole Miss.
When the Dawgs were struggling to convert baskets in the first half in each of the aforementioned games, Mann took the ball to the rack, got fouled and converted points from the line – he cut the Missy St lead to under ten, and he got his team to within three against Mississippi, all from the free throw line.
Over the past six SEC games, Mann’s free throw percentage has been slightly above 76%, which is a dramatic improvement when compared to the fact that he was converting only 60% of his attempts from the line through the first six league contests.
Mann has been so prolific in his capacity to generate free throw attempts that he is already halfway (372) to the all-time record of 744 held by former Georgia-great Laterial Green. Considering that Charles is in the midst of just his sophomore year, I would say that he has an excellent chance of surpassing Green’s mark, should he remain at UGA for all four years.