Florida's Tre Mann declares for NBA draft

Zach Abolverdi
The Gainesville Sun
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Florida guard Tre Mann, a Gainesville native, entered the NCAA tournament averaging 16 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Florida sophomore guard Tre Mann declared for the 2021 NBA draft Wednesday, forgoing his remaining college eligibility. 

"To Gator nation, your love and support will always hold a special place in my heart. I will be hiring an agent to help guide me through this process," Mann said. "My season at Florida was filled with a lot of individual growth with the significant increase of playing time and emphasis on fulfilling my role. However, this year was filled with adversity in [the form of] COVID and the loss of Keyontae [Johnson]. While we didn't reach our goal as a team in the NCAA tournament, it was a great experience nonetheless."

Mann, 20, boosted his draft stock during the SEC and NCAA tournaments, averaging 21 points in the month of March. He's the No. 15 prospect in the ESPN 100 NBA draft rankings and earned first-team All-SEC honors this season. 

The 6-foot-5 Mann averaged 16.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the year, including a career-high 30 points on March 12 against Tennessee and 19 or more points in six of his last seven games. 

"I think that NBA teams were able to see my ability to play on and off the ball as well as my improved stats across the board," Mann told ESPN. "I was able to showcase my leadership skills, efficiency shooting the ball, defensive versatility and ability to rebound."

"During the pre-draft process, I am eager to show NBA teams my athleticism and true length/size. I am looking forward to showcasing my extended shooting range and my ability to run an offense while getting others involved."

Mann, a Gainesville native who attended The Villages Charter School, was a five-star recruit and McDonald's All American in the Class of 2019. He started in his UF debut, averaging 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 29 appearances as a freshman. 

"I would like to thank Coach White and his staff at the University of Florida for believing in me and helping to shape me into the man and player I am today," Mann said. "Thank you to all my teammates who shared the Gator uniform with me for the last two seasons. Thank you to my family for always providing me with love and support. No words can ever describe how grateful I am to you."

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