Terance Mann Scouting Report

Terance Mann
Featuring a number of intangibles, Terance Mann (#14) finished in the top 10 in the ACC this season for plus-minus. (Photo by Mike Olivella, Florida State Athletics)

Terance Mann has been the face of Florida State basketball since he took on a starting role in his sophomore season. He led the Seminoles to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances since then, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2018. He finished his senior year averaging 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Mann has developed into an intelligent leader, who clearly hustles and does what it takes to win, all of which is at least partially due to the influence of his mother, Daynia La-Force, a former head coach of the Rhode Island women’s basketball team.  He finished his four years at Florida State as the all-time leader in games played (140), and this season, he finished in the top 10 in the ACC for plus-minus.

Along with his intangibles, Mann has the ability to contribute in multiple areas on the offensive end of the floor. Mainly a slasher, he uses a solid handle, good strength, vertical explosiveness, and excellent body control to finish through and around contact. He has good judgement as when to finish in the lane and when to defer to an open teammate. He cuts to the rim well and can dish the rock with efficiency.

In the past two seasons, Mann has grown immensely as a three-point shooter. He shot 25 percent in his junior year while ranking at the 25th percentile in catch-and-shoot situations in terms of points per possession (PPP). A year later, Mann improved to 39 percent from distance and ranked at the 84th percentile in catch-and-shoot situations.

On defense, Mann gives good effort and locks onto his matchup. He slides well, stays in front and is keen on when to help. However, a lack of elite overall athleticism and a 6-foot-8 wingspan prevent him from being a top-notch defender. In four seasons at Florida State, Mann peaked at 1.2 combined steals and blocks in his sophomore and junior seasons. His senior year saw the forward record 1.0 combined steals and blocks.  According to Synergy, Mann was a below-average overall defender in both of the last two seasons, though he did well in isolation defense over the same span.

Overall, Mann’s play isn’t eye-opening, and his age (22.6) is especially unappealing. His leadership and hustle were most notable during his tenure at Florida State, and these intangibles, along with his versatility, might help him eventually find a role in an NBA team’s rotation.

Position:SFTeam/Class:Florida State (Sr.)
Birthday:10/18/96Nationality:United States
Height:6-6Weight:205
Wingspan:6-8Vertical:32.5 inches (standing), 38.5 (max)
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Strengths

  • Leader and hustler on both ends
  • Vertically explosive, and finished well around the rim; ranked at 77th percentile for PPP
  • Aggressive on the glass; averaged 6.5 rebounds per game and ranked at the 67th percentile in put-backs for PPP
  • Finished well in transition; ranked at the 71st percentile for PPP
  • Solid assist-turnover ratio (1.45), and decisive on the drive, knowing when to attack and when to pass
  • Improved dramatically from the charity stripe this season (79 percent) and drew fouls at a high rate (17 percent)
  • Improved three-point threat; finished the season shooting 39 percent, and ranked at the 81st percentile as a three-point shooter in terms of PPP
  • Above-average isolation defender; ranked at 73rd percentile for PPP allowed this season

Weaknesses

  • Consistently struggles to shoot off the dribble; ranked at the 26th percentile for PPP this season
  • Wingspan is only two inches greater than his height
  • Garnered only 1.0 combined steals and blocks per game in his senior season
  • Clearly prefers driving right and finishing with his right
  • Ceiling is a bench player due to his age (22.6), among other factors

Sources, Credits, and Acknowledgements:  Stats used in our scouting reports mainly come from Synergy Sports Technology and RealGM.com, and occasionally from Hoop-Math.com and Sports-Reference.com.  The photo was courtesy of Florida State Athletics. Other outside sources are noted with links to the source.

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