Bulldogs hire ex-player to lead player development


Karl Mann was a basketball standout at Georgia from 2012 to 2016. Six years later, Mann is ready to return to his alma mater.

Dawgs247 found out on Friday that Mann was joining mike whiteas director of player development for the Bulldogs. Mann comes to Georgia after serving as an assistant coach with Army last season.

During Mann’s lone season helping out as coach at West Point, the Black Knights went 15-16 — with their highest overall since 2015.

Mann landed an assistantship role with the Army after serving two seasons as a research assistant at VCU. The Rams posted a combined 37-20 during his time on the program and earned a berth at the 2021 NCAA tournament.

In his role, Mann supported the VCU coaching team with game preparation and helped with player development.

Mann came to VCU after retiring from his playing career. Mann spent three seasons in the pro ranks with stints in the NBA G-League, European and Canadian professional leagues. He was selected in the second round of the 2017 NBA G-League Draft.

Mann was a preseason first-team All-SEC selection three times during his playing career with the Bulldogs. He ranks sixth in program history in assists (400) and 13th in scoring (1,411). He also ranks second in SEC history with 896 free throw attempts and third in SEC history with 618 free throw attempts.

Mann earned his bachelor’s degree in 2016 in Georgia, where he majored in human and consumer economics. In 2021 he received his Masters in Education in Sports Leadership from the VCU.

Mann would be White’s first collaborator with direct ties to the Georgia program.

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