- Adam Finkelstein
ESPN 100 swingman Terance Mann committed to the Florida State Seminoles on Wednesday night, announcing his decision via Twitter. The 76th ranked prospect in the 2015 class had previously cut his list to six schools following the July evaluation period – Arizona State, Boston College, Florida State, Indiana, Marquette, and Rhode Island.
Why he committed: Mann played his recruitment very close to the chest and while most people presumed that local programs like Boston College or Rhode Island (where Mann's mother is the head women's coach) were the favorites, Florida State and Arizona State both had deep roots in the process. Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton and assistant coach Charlton Young were both heavily involved and when Arizona State picked up a commitment from Dominic Green earlier this month it left Florida State in the driver's seat.
"Florida State has always kind of been my No. 1, I'm just not the type to talk about it all the time," Mann told ESPN.com. "Coach Young and Coach Hamilton have been on me for a long time. Coach Hamilton's been recruiting me since I was in the 8th or 9th grade. I feel real comfortable going there. They're telling me they'll get me ready for the next level and I really believe them."
What he brings: Ultra-versatility! Mann isn't likely to be a primary scorer or playmaker, at least early in his college career, but he's the type of guy who puts winning at a premium and does a number of "little things" during the course of a game. He's a very good ball handler for his size, excellent passer, and has a high basketball IQ. He's a good, but not great, athlete who can defend multiple backcourt positions and is an outstanding rebounder in the backcourt. He uses his length well to score the ball, both in the open floor as well as the half court, where he'll look to attack bigger gaps in the defense and score over the top of smaller defenders.
How he fits: Mann's versatility allows him the flexibility to blend in to just about any type of lineup. He's has been more of a swingman but started to evolve into a true guard within the last year, even playing the point on the EYBL circuit with BABC. Hamilton is a coach who has historically valued big guards, so Mann could eventually be capable of playing three different positions for the Seminoles. Initially, he's likely to come off the bench and spell the likes of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Devon Bookert, and Aaron Thomas, but he'll take on a more prominent role later in his career.
How the class is shaping up: Mann is the first player to commit to the Seminoles in the 2015 class and with no seniors on the roster besides 7-foot graduate student Kiel Turpin, Hamilton and his staff might already be done for the year. If anything, look for them to add a true big man, but even that is far from a foregone conclusion.
Who he reminds us of: While Mann isn't a true point guard yet, there's a little bit of Eric Snow in his game. Snow, the former backcourt mate to Allen Iverson on the Philadelphia 76ers, was the ultimate role player -- a big guard who wasn't necessarily somebody who could score a lot of points, but could facilitate for others. He could be a hard-nosed defender who could check multiple positions while offering all the intangibles and leadership tools that a coach could want. Those are all characteristics that describe Mann, and if he continues to develop into the big point guard he aspires to be, the comparison will only become more accurate.