Mann played well in the SEC and NCAA tournaments this month, boosting his stock substantially in the eyes of NBA evaluators, says Givony. The 6’5″ guard averaged 16.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, and 3.5 APG on .459/.402/.831 shooting in 24 games (32.4 MPG) this season.
Givony ranks Mann 15th on ESPN’s list of top 2021 prospects, calling him one of the most talented ball-handlers and shot-creators in this year’s draft class.
“I think that NBA teams were able to see my ability to play on and off the ball as well as my improved stats across the board,” Mann told ESPN. “I was able to showcase my leadership skills, efficiency shooting the ball, defensive versatility and ability to rebound.”
Here are some of the other prospects who have recently declared for the draft:
- Pittsburgh sophomore wing Justin Champagnie is testing the draft waters, per a press release from the school. He’s the No. 53 prospect on ESPN’s big board.
- Kentucky freshman shooting guard Terrence Clarke, the No. 67 prospect on ESPN’s list, has declared for the draft, he announced on Twitter.
- West Virginia junior guard Sean McNeil is testing the draft waters, he announced (via Twitter).
- Auburn freshman power forward JT Thor will go through the draft process while leaving the door open to continue his college career, according to a press release.