For the bulk of his recruitment, most figured that four-star wing Terance Mann would end up playing his college ball in the Northeast. Turns out Mann isn't most people.
Thursday night, the 6-foot-5 swingman from the Tilton (N.H.) School surprised most of the recruiting world when he offered up a verbal commitment to Leonard Hamilton and Florida State.
The No. 88 player in the 2015 Rivals150, Mann looked like a prime candidate to play his college ball in the Northeast with his mother the head coach at Rhode Island and his prep school pedigree. As it turns out, the effort by Hamilton and assistant Charlton Young won out.
"Coach Young has been on me since I was in the ninth grade. He recruited me while he was at Georgia Southern," the 6-foot-5, 180-prospect explained to Michael Langston of Warchant.com. "Then he went over to Florida State and since day one, he's told me I'm his guy and I have a lot of faith in him and Coach Hamilton to get me ready for the next level."
Solid in pretty much every phase of the game, Mann is a physically strong and tough wing player. He is a good athlete who can play above the rim in transition, he is a fine passer and while he isn't a great ball handler he limits mistakes because he doesn't over dribble.
There are times where Mann isn't quite as aggressive as he could be and he goes through stretches where he settles for jumpers. However, he has all of the physical traits of the types of wings that Hamilton and Florida State have been successful with and he will be physically ready to compete as a freshman in the ACC.
Mann is FSU's first commitment from the class of 2015.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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