Tre Mann returning to Florida

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 In late May rumors began surfacing that Mann had already withdrawn his name from the draft before Mann himself put those rumors to bed.

On Tuesday morning CBS reporter Jon Rothstein reported the news that Mann is withdrawing his name officially.

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.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC