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Tennessee point guard target sets commitment date

Rick Barnes has made Mann a priority.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

One of Tennessee’s highest priorities for their 2019 recruiting class has set a date to make his college decision. Tre Mann, a 6-1 point guard out of The Villages, Florida, will announce his decision on July 30th.

Mann is a four-star prospect and the 37th ranked player in the 2019 class, according to 247 Sports. He is the third ranked point guard prospect in the country.

His decision is down to Tennessee, Kansas or Florida. Mann is currently about an hour south of Gainesville, making the Gators an instant favorite. However, Tennessee has worked hard in their pursuit of Mann and has been trending up as of late. Florida currently holds 62 percent of the crystal ball projections, but Tennessee has been on the rise. The Vols are now up to 38 percent in the projections, standing firm with a legitimate shot to land Mann.

Tennessee will lose Admiral Schofield and Kyle Alexander next season for sure. Replacing Schofield’s ability to score will be a key for Rick Barnes on the trail next year, but he could get a head start here with Mann.

The Vols currently have two commitments in their 2019 class in forwards Davonte Gaines and Drew Pember. They were able to fill a need and add center D.J. Burns during the 2018 cycle after Burns reclassified to the 2018 class. Adding Burns now will ease the blow of losing Alexander next season.

As for Mann, he averaged 20 points and over five rebounds per game last season at The Villages Charter School. Tennessee could certainly use that true difference maker in the backcourt and Mann just may turn out to be that piece for Rick Barnes.