Deacs Turn Up Heat On SG

While the state of Delaware doesn't produce a wealth of talent, it does have a good one in Middletown (DE) High Jarrett Mann. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard had a great junior campaign and his stock is certainly on the rise.

"I feel like I had a pretty well rounded season," Mann said. I think this year was interesting in that it required me to actually do a lot more for my teammates and I think in every game that we won I carried my team, but I made a lot of players on my team better.

Mann led the Cavaliers to an appearance in the state quarterfinals and an 18-7 record. The first team All-State selection averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season.

A number of college coaches took in a few of Mann's games this year including Wake Forest, Stanford, Penn State (offer), Rutgers (offer) and Baylor. He also claims interest from Florida, Illinois and Virginia.

"It's doing pretty good," he said of his recruitment. "I'm still pretty open, but the schools I'm receiving interest from are good and I enjoy it."

Mann, who holds a 3.7 GPA, said that academics and going to a school that has his major are definitely among the top factors in his recruitment.

"I want to be a physical therapist so I definitely want the school to offer that. As far as the campus Wake Forest is a really small school then Florida is a really big school so size doesn't matter. I think I would really like a nice gym and facility to play in."

A number of schools are beginning to make Mann a priority. It's obvious that Stanford is very interested, and according to Mann the Demon Deacons are starting to pick up their efforts as well.

"At first [their interest] was mediocre, but just recently when their season ended and mine ended, it picked up. They came down twice, so they saw me play twice this year and I've been talking to Coach Prosser the last couple of weeks and I think they're saying I'm one of their top guys right now so it's picked up a lot.

With the season over Mann now is focused on getting prepared for the club team circuit and his recruitment. He'll play with The Playaz this summer and plans to take a visit to Stanford right in the middle of the spring evaluation period.

"On April 13th I'll be in Palo Alto to check out Stanford and in August I'll be at Baylor."

Mann, who said at one point he had nearly made up his mind, will likely wait until the end of the summer to make a decision.

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