Florida's Tre Mann drafted 18th overall by Oklahoma City Thunder

Graham Hall
UF basketball writer

Florida point guard Tre Mann was selected No. 18 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 

A Gainesville native, Mann had a breakout sophomore season, averaging 16 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 32.5 minutes of action as Florida’s primary ball-handler. 

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"We're all just so excited for Tre," UF coach Mike White said. "He has put in an incredible amount of work to get to this point, and his dedication, commitment and maturity have helped him reach this goal. He has earned this moment, and I couldn't be happier for him."

Mann spent the draft in New York City surrounded by friends and family, including White, associate head coach Al Pinkins and former Florida assistant Jordan Mincy, now Jacksonville's head coach, according to UF Director of Communications Denver Parler.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Mann arrived at UF as a five-star prospect, but a concussion suffered during fall camp during Mann’s freshman season led to a slow start to his collegiate career. 

With the Gators keen on playing at a quicker tempo on the offensive end during the 2020-21 campaign, Mann flourished while displaying gradual improvement before peaking at the right time, the postseason.

Mann provided 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists in UF’s 69-63 win over Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC Tournament, and less than 24 hours later he scored a career-high 30 points in UF’s loss to Tennessee, 28 of which came in the second half. 

Oklahoma City Thunder's first-round pick Tre Mann of Florida.

Mann is now the first UF player drafted in the first round since Bradley Beal was selected third overall in 2012 by the Washington Wizards. He is the 36th NBA draft selection in Florida history and 12th first-round pick.

Mann will be the fourth Gator coached by White to reach the NBA, joining Dorian Finney-Smith, Chris Chiozza and Devin Robinson.