After initially testing the 2020 NBA draft waters without representation, Canadian guard Karim Mane has decided to sign with an agent and keep his name in this year’s draft pool, he tells ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Considered a five-star recruit, Mane previously attended Vanier College in Quebec, turning 19 last May. The 6’6″ guard weighed the possibility of attending a U.S. college such as Michigan State, Marquette, Memphis, DePaul, and Pittsburgh, per an earlier report, but ultimately decided that the time is right for him to go pro.
“I feel very confident in the feedback I’ve been getting from NBA teams and with all the interviews I’ve been doing,” Mane told ESPN, adding that he has been interviewed on Zoom by over half of the league’s 30 teams so far. “I also know myself and know that it what the best move for my growth and potential.”
According to Givony, Mane – who currently ranks 62nd overall on ESPN’s big board for 2020 – has strong physical tools, including a 6’10” wingspan. Givony notes that the young prospect had an impressive showing at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece last summer and would have had an opportunity to further boost his stock at this year’s Nike Hoop Summit if the event hadn’t been canceled.