Terance Mann is cut from the same cloth. The native of Lowell, Mass., plays with a humble style that's effective, if more grinding than spectacular.
Mann moved to the Tilton School for the 2012-13 season, where he guarded current Kansas guard Wayne Selden in practice each day. That experience toughened him up, and late during his sophomore campaign he captured the attention of colleague Evan Daniels at the Hoop Hall Classic.
From a very early stage he held an offer from Boston College, and touring with BABC in 2013 set him up for a big junior season. By this past February, he'd claimed additional offers from Florida State, Florida, Miami, Rhode Island and VCU.
Mann embarked upon the EYBL circuit once again this spring and summer. He didn't play as efficiently as he would have liked but raised his scoring output from 2013 to 2014. He also played more physically on defense.
He committed this week to Florida State and will give the Seminoles a talented, unsung, likely four-year performer in the newly reconstituted ACC.
Mann's broad shoulders and ample athleticism stand out most. He'll have no trouble chiseling his physique into that of a power swingman, and one who frankly may project better defensively than on offense, at least initially.
Mann utilizes quick feet and impressive concentration to slide his feet and contest passes to wing shooters, and he'll easily be strong enough to burst through off-ball perimeter screens. Given how FSU has prioritized defense during the Leonard Hamilton era, he's a great fit for the Noles' system.
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Offensively, he's best using his quickness — he has an excellent first step — and attacking the basket in a straight line. He possesses the frame now to finish through contact, and he'll absorb hits even better once he engages in a college-level strength and conditioning program.
Florida State's pressure can disrupt offenses and create scenarios by which a player can score before the opponent can set up its defense, and a guy like Mann who can create for himself should flourish in that environment.
Mann also passes fine for the wing and has improved significantly as a rebounder. He raised per game average from 4.9 boards per contest in 2013 to 6.6 in 2014. That's a highly impressive number for a wing and especially for someone who can defend shooting guards.
Mann's jump shot requires improvement. He shot 38 percent from the field in 21 games with BABC this year, including just 30 percent on threes. He hasn't yet become efficient either inside or outside the line, and thus he may need a couple years to develop a reliable scoring attack in the halfcourt game.
In transition, he enjoys success due to his speed and leaping ability, but he's overly reliant on spin moves and doesn't possess great body control. At 6-5, he also isn't particularly long — though obviously that hasn't hurt him as a rebounder.
His ballhandling is okay with his right hand, but improving his left is another need as he prepares for life in Tallahassee.
Don't expect Mann to step into the starting lineup as a freshman. And even when he does likely start either as a sophomore or junior, he may not post consistent scoring numbers. Even if that proves to be the case, however, he'll contribute as an athlete, defender, transition scorer, unselfish passer, bonus rebounder and strong all-around teammate.
He'll need to sharpen his handling and shooting to advance to an NBA career, but in the worse case he still projects as a professional ballplayer in a league somewhere.