Terance Mann is a 6’6 ½” wing for the Florida State Seminoles. Mann has made his name as a multi-faceted, highly impactful wing that is willing to do whatever it takes to lead his team to victory. As both an athletically and intellectually gifted wing, Mann is an appealing theoretical fit in a modern NBA that values versatility and basketball IQ more than ever. Showing tangible improvement as a shooter this season has helped build his prospect profile by tightening up one of his biggest holes as a prospect. Mann will look to put the finishing touches on his prospect profile by leading the ‘Noles to another deep NCAA Tournament run.
Tale of the Tape
Despite system limitations clouding his facilitation acumen, Terance Mann projects well as a very capable secondary playmaker. He sees the floor very well for a wing and is capable of creating efficient looks for his teammates in a variety of initiation scenarios.
One particular area that Mann excels as a creator for others is his ability to gain leverage on his on-ball defender with a quality first step, get to the rim as a straight-line driver, and force help side rim protectors to slide across the paint and commit to stopping his drive attempt. Despite a minor dip this season, Mann boasts a 60+% career 2P% and is a solid finisher at the rim. Mann’s effectiveness as a paint finisher helps sell to the help defender that he’s going to continue all the way to the rim and that aggressively contesting is the best situational defensive option. The moment that the big bites and shifts his momentum toward Mann, he deftly lobs the ball over the help side defender with just enough arc to avoid the opposing big’s outstretched arms while still maintaining the timing and accuracy to ensure an easy finish for his teammate.
In the clip below, we highlight Mann’s ability to throw lobs to teammates with touch and precision.
Mann has a pair of teammates that serve as ideal complements to this skill set as high-level lob finishers. Christ Koumadje and Mfiondu Kabengele stand at 7’4” and 6’10”, respectively, and are the most frequent recipients of Mann’s lob facilitation. Though this is a tall, long front line even by NBA standards, it is likely that the vision, timing, and touch displayed by Mann on these passes will translate to the next level with whoever his teammates end up being.
Athletic Offensive Rebounds / Putbacks
Mann has proven to be a feisty rebounder on both the offensive and defensive end, averaging 3.8 defensive rebounds and 2.6 offensive rebounds per game. His ability to keep possessions alive on the offensive end particularly pops on tape.
Mann is a very springy two-foot leaper with vertical explosiveness. When a teammate’s shot goes up, Mann quickly surveys the outlay of bodies scattered throughout the paint and quickly reads his optimal route to attack the offensive glass. Though not necessarily possessing elite length with only a slightly plus-wingspan relative to his height, Mann gets great extension after timing his leap and tracking the ball off the rim. This results in some spectacular putback dunks, which often catalyze an energy boost for the whole team.
Mann also has a very quick second jump. The ability to sky for the initial rebound, come back down to the court with minimal wasted recovery or regathering motion, and swiftly explode back up to the rim before the defense can react is a uniquely valuable skill.
Mann ranks in the 65th percentile as a putback finisher by converting at a rate of 1.196 PPP. In a category dominated by paint bound bigs, this is a very solid mark for a wing prospect.
In the clip below, we highlight Mann’s ability to track down offensive rebounds and convert on putback opportunities.
Mann’s upside as a prospect often falls in the shadows of the one-and-done freshmen and higher usage stat-stuffing prospects throughout the talent-laden ACC. Despite this, NBA scouts and decision-makers should be encouraged by Mann’s projectability as a versatile, intelligent, high effort wing that could end up sticking as a valuable glue-guy on an NBA roster. If Mann can continue to showcase his improvement as a jump shooter, it is very possible that he’ll get some run in the NBA sooner rather than later. Mann seems to significantly underrated by consensus outlets, currently falling outside the top 100. He projects to be one of the strongest prospects invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a likely two-way contract candidate, and has a chance to be drafted in the 2nd round given his potential to seamlessly integrate as a contributor to winning at both the G League and NBA level.
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