SUNRISE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State sophomore guard Terance Mann is the kind of player Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton calls a stat stuffer. In his first season as a starter for the No. 23 Seminoles, Mann is among the team leaders in scoring (fifth, 9.5 ppg), rebounding (third, 4.8 rpg), steals (tied for second, 1.1 spg) and assists (third, 2.0 spg) while shooting a career-high .548 from the field (fifth) and a career-high .760 from the free throw line (sixth).
Mann’s hot start has led Florida State, which faces Manhattan in the first game of the Orange Bowl Classic in Saturday at 1:30, to a 10-1 start and a deserved place in the nation’s top 25. The Seminoles’ 10-1 start is its best since the 2008-09 season and marks only the fourth time in school history they have won 10 of their first 11 games of a season.
“Terance is what you call a stat stuffer,” said Hamilton. “He affects the game in every way—offensively and defensively. He is a team guy and he is a hustle guy. He gets deflections, steals, and rebounds. A lot of his contributions don’t necessarily show up on the statistical column but he is a winner, has an unselfish spirit, has a great attitude.”
Mann earned the first double-double of his career with a 16-point and 10-rebound performance in Florida State’s 83-78 victory over No. 21 Florida. In playing one of the better games of his career, Mann was six of 10 from the field (.600 percent) and made four free throws. In addition to scoring his season-high of 16 points against the Gators, Mann pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds with none bigger than his defensive rebound with 31 seconds remaining to be played and the Seminoles up 79-74. His rebound came on a missed 3-point shot attempt by Florida’s Devin Robinson on an offensive trip by the Gators that could have cut the Seminoles’ lead to two or three points.
The sophomore starter has scored in double figures more times in the first 11 games of the 2016-17 season (four – 16 against Florida, 12 against Iona, 11 against Winthrop and 10 against Detroit Mercy) than he did as a freshman in 34 games (three – 18 against Georgia Tech, 15 against Nicholls State, 10 against Valparaiso).
His biggest improvement entering the Seminoles’ game against Manhattan is his career-high .760 shooting percentage from the free throw line. He is shooting more than 30 percentage points high from the free throw line this season as compared to his freshman season.
Mann drew high praise even before his hot start to his second season in a Seminole uniform.
“Terance Mann is an interior player who can score from close and rebound well,” said Michael Bradley of Lindy’s Preview Magazine.
“Terance Mann has good size for the shooting guard position and is a high level athlete who can be a plus defender in the ACC,” said Sterling Thomas of the Runner Sports.
“I’m trying to be the best teammate I can be,” said Mann. “If I can do that we can be successful as a team and have the season we know we can have.”
Mann hopes to continue stuffing the Seminoles’ stat sheet throughout the season to help him and his teammates enjoy one of the memorable seasons in school history.