The Florida State men's basketball team landed a huge commitment for its 2015 class Wednesday evening. Four-star small forward Terance Mann of the Tilton School (N.H.) announced he's heading to Florida State. He is the first commitment for the 2015 class.
There were many key factors that Mann, a Rivals150 member, considered when deciding between Arizona State, FSU, Indiana, Rhode Island and Boston College. In the end, it came down to FSU and Arizona State. What put the 'Noles over the top?
"The way FSU plays was a big part of it. I've watched them numerous times and loved the way they play," Mann said. "Coach (Leonard) Hamilton pushes you hard and he has a lot of faith in his players, and he wants you to play through your mistakes. I know when I called, all the coaches were in the office and they went crazy when I committed."
A big part of Mann's decision was his relationship with FSU assistant coach Charlton Young, who is in his second season in Tallahassee. Young was previously the head coach at Georgia Southern.
"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. "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."
Mann, who grew up in Lowell, Mass., and is the son of Rhode Island women's basketball coach Daynia La-Force, went on to explain what he likes so much about FSU's system.
"FSU's staff plays a lot of guards, so I'll probably play 1-3 with the guards on offense and on defense guard the 1-4," he said. "I play mostly the one or two guard on our team, but I can adjust to wherever they need me."
Mann confirmed to Warchant.com that he will take an official visit to FSU on Sept. 20 and noted that the visit could be moved up sooner than that date.
"I want to see the culture of the team and what they are like," he said. "That's really just the final piece to see for me. I love everything about FSU."
Last year, Mann averaged 18 points per game and eight rebounds. He feels the strongest part of his game is rebounding, even though he has shown an ability to score as well. So how will he fit into the Florida State system?
"They press a lot and they like to get out and run," Mann said. "It's actually similar to how my AAU team (Boston Amateur Basketball Club) plays. They have a lot of players that protect the rim, and I love playing in that type of style, It's also the ACC, and you can't get any better than that."
Mann is rated the No. 88 prospect in the country by Rivals.com.