Utah Jazz NBA Draft Prospects: Tre Mann
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA Draft is little more than a week away, and the Utah Jazz will be selecting with the 30th and final pick of the first round. One name often found late in the first round is Florida guard Tre Mann.
Mann was one of the best shot creators in basketball last season, averaging 16 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists as a sophomore.
Standing 6’4, Mann has enough size to play either backcourt position, though he was the primary ball-handler for Florida for much of his sophomore year.
Tre Mann – Florida: Guard
16.0 Points, 5.6 Rebounds, 3.5 Assists, 45.9/40.2/83.1
Strengths: Though his 16 point per game average isn’t the highest among guards projected to be selected late in the first round, Mann is clearly one of the most gifted and natural scorers in this year’s draft.
Mann is excellent at getting his shot off in isolation situations using a series of dribble moves and well-developed footwork to create open threes, mid-range jump shots, and floaters in the paint.
The sophomore could have had a higher point per game average but attempted only 12 field goals per game, highlighting both his efficiency in putting the ball in the basket and willingness to play within Florida’s system. Unlike some other prolific scorers in college, Mann isn’t an overly selfish player with the ball in his hands.
Mann averaged 3.5 assists which isn’t an enormous number, but he showed the ability to make some creative passes in both the pick and roll and off the dribble that should translate to the NBA as a creator.
Defensively Mann showed the willingness to stay with both point guards and shooting guards at the point of attack and when being screened off the ball. He’s not the defender some of the other guards projected at the end of the first round will be, but he’s far from the worst.
His jump from his freshman to his sophomore season hints at more untapped potential, and his scoring acumen could really pop with better teammates and NBA spacing.
Weaknesses: At 6’4, with a 6’4 wingspan and average athleticism, Mann likely doesn’t have the length or explosiveness to become an elite scorer in the NBA. He also weighs just 177 lbs, so he’ll need to add weight and strength before he’s able to hang with stronger guards in the NBA.
Due to his lack of size, he doesn’t get to or finish above the rim, preferring to settle for floaters or step-back jump shots which will be more difficult against bigger, faster defenders in the NBA.
Most of Mann’s assists are secondary actions after looking to create a shot for himself, so he may never develop into a high-level playmaker for others which will limit his potential as a lead guard.
Defensively he will have to work to put real work in to get to a point where he can be trusted on the floor for more significant NBA minutes, which could prevent him from being able to earn significant rotation minutes at the next level.
Overall: Mann has an offensive skillet that will earn him a selection late in the first round or early in the second round of next week’s draft.
His ability to score efficiently both with the ball in his hands and off the ball as a spot-up shooter will make him a versatile option in most offenses in the NBA, giving him a good chance to stick the league.
His major leap in production as a sophomore could also reveal some untapped potential that could quickly accelerate with the NBA’s superior spacing.
However, his average size and athleticism will likely limit his star potential and ability to have a major impact on the game defensively.
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