Tre Mann returning to Florida for sophomore season

Florida guard Tre Mann plays against Lynn during the second half of Tuesday's exhibition game in the O-dome. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Florida point guard Tre Mann will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to the school for his sophomore season, the Gainesville Sun confirmed Tuesday.

A five-star product out of The Villages and a Gainesville native, Mann struggled initially last season before finding his footing by SEC play, although he would finish the year averaging just 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 29 games.

“I want to thank my family, our coaching staff and my teammates for their support throughout this process,” Mann said. “I’m excited to come back to UF to continue growing as a player and a person and to play in front of our Florida dans and the Rowdy Reptiles again!”

Mann initially declared for the draft on the final day for underclassmen to seek an evaluation, and he wasn’t alone in his decision as fellow point guard Andrew Nembhard opted to once again enter the NBA draft process, although he would later withdraw his name to enter the transfer portal.

With Nembhard headed across the country to play for Gonzaga, the Gators were left with a void in the backcourt and an available roster spot. Now that Mann has made a decision to return, the Gators appear to have gained clarity regarding both issues.