Florida standout Tre Mann declared for the N21 draft in 2021 on Wednesday just days after his sophomore season ended. Mann, 20, is expected to sign with an agent and intends to waive his remaining college qualification per ESPNs Jonathon Givony.
“After much deliberation, I have decided to take the next step in my basketball career and will declare myself for the 2021 NBA Draft,” Mann said on Twitter. “For Gator Nation, your love and support will always have a special place in my heart. I will hire an agent to help me through this process.”
A former five-star recruit, Mann arrived in Gainesville last season with high expectations. He averaged 5.3 points and 17.8 minutes per game. Match. But in his second season with the program, Mann thrived this season as the leading goal scorer and distributor with an average of 16.0 points and 3.5 rebounds for a Florida team that managed to make the NCAA Tournament despite losing Keyontae Johnson early in the season.
How Mann closed the season was only to increase his draft prospects in the course of draft tonight. Florida put the ball more frequently in the hands down the stretch, and he responded in a big way by showcasing elite shooting skills and NBA vision as a fit to start. He averaged 20.9 points over his last seven games, highlighted by a 30-point blast against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament and 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists in an NCAA Tournament loss Sunday to No. 15 seed Oral Roberts.
Because of his size, skill and the array where he can take shots, Mann, No. 36 on the CBS Sports Big Board, is completely on the first round of the radar and is likely to get a healthy lift from his closed stretch with the Gators.
“He’s come this far,” Florida coach Mike White said after the Gators’ season finale for Oral Roberts in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “He’s matured from year 1 to year two just as much as any guy I’ve trained. He’s going to be a really successful player for a long time if he keeps working and if he continues to have the humility he has and maturity. He ended the year really strong. “