The Florida Gators basketball team received good news on Tuesday afternoon when reports surfaced that sophomore guard Tre Mann will withdraw his name from the 2020 NBA Draft and return to school.
“I want to thank my family, our coaching staff and my teammates for their support throughout this process,” Mann said. “I’m excited to come back to UF to continue growing as a player and a person and to play in front of our Florida fans and the Rowdy Reptiles again!”
Mann announced his intention to enter the draft back in April, the final day for underclassmen to declare. In late May rumors began surfacing that Mann had already withdrawn his name from the draft before Mann himself put those rumors to bed.
There has been a recent release of misinformation, I’m not sure who or where it came from but at this time, I have not made a decision on what I will be doing for my future. I am still going through the draft process at this time. Thanks for the support Go Gators!!!
— Tre Mann (@tre2mann3) May 31, 2020
On Tuesday morning CBS reporter Jon Rothstein reported the news that Mann is withdrawing his name officially.
Sources: Tre Mann is withdrawing from the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to Florida next season.
Significant SEC News.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 7, 2020
As a freshman in 2019-2020, Mann averaged 5.3 points per game on a 35.6% shooting percentage.
Mann’s return to Florida is significant; especially with the transfer of point guard Andrew Nembhard to Gonzaga. With Nembhard heading across the country to play for the Zags, that opened the backcourt for Mann to start at point for Florida. That position will be contested by returning guards Ques Glover and transfer Tyree Appleby. That trio should allow for a whole different kind of offense, one that many expected to push the pace but has yet to unfold under Mike White’s tenure.