New Mann in Town

It's rare that guys from Delaware get the exposure. Will Sheridan and Eric Boateng were both exceptions to the rule in the last few years, but now there's another player out of the state that is going to soak up some national headlines: Jarrett Mann.

A few years back, it was Will Sheridan. Then Eric Boateng. There's a new Mann in Delaware. Jarrett Mann.

The athletic 6-foot-4, 180-pound sophomore guard averaged 19.2 points last season at Middletown High (Del.) and he's contemplating a move back to the school where he played sparingly on varsity as an eight-grader: Caravel Academy.

``I may go back there because they play a tougher schedule," Mann said. "They play schools like American Christian."

Mann, who runs with the Playaz 16-and-under squad and moved from New Jersey prior to the eighth-grade, is lethal from mid-range and is also difficult to stop from getting to the basket. He'll need to work on extending his range and also being able to guard smaller, quicker guards on the perimeter.

But the 16-year-old, who will likely go to adidas Superstar Camp in a few weeks, has already attracted plenty of attention from college coaches despite a shortage of ink from the media.

Thus far, the offers have come from Boston College, Rutgers, Georgetown and St. Joseph's. However, his top four read Illinois, Texas, Florida and Maryland.

Mann has come back from a major injury that he can't really get out of his mind. That's because every time he looks down at his right wrist he remembers the fall he took while playing at the park.

``I went up to block a shot and I was low-bridged and I shattered a bone in my wrist," Mann said. "I was knocked out for two minutes. When I fell on my wrist, I hit my head."

Mann, who has a pair of plates and eight screws still in the wrist, proceeded to miss the first eight games of his freshman campaign, but came back and averaged about 10 points per game for the remainder of the regular season. However, his breakout game, which got his confidence back, was a 16-point effort against Jawan Carter in a 1-point victory in the state semifinals.

``Since that game, that's when I've blown up a little bit," Mann said. "People have started to know about me."

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