The 2015 New Hampshire Boys Basketball Player Of The Year is Terance Mann. Mann, a 6’6″, 205-pound wing, attends a boarding school in the relatively small northeastern state, and he’s notable due to his family connections.
The son of two Saint Lucians, Eustace Mann and Rhode Island women’s basketball coach Daynia La-Force, Terance grew up as a two-sport star. But as he kept growing, he committed himself to the sport in which his mother excelled at Geogetown.
Terance recently led the Tilton School Rams to a 31-5 record and the 2015 New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference Class AA championship title. He averaged 23.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 61% from inside the arc.
A 2015 First Team All-New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) selection, he scored 18 points in Brewster Academy’s 68-63 win over Vermont Academy in the NEPSAC championship. He is ranked as one of the nation’s top 2015 recruits.
His skill level has led Mann to sign with Florida State for the 2015 season. And on top of his ability on the court, Terance has maintained a B average, and has volunteered locally as a mentor for children with special needs and as a youth basketball coach.
“Terance is a tremendous competitor and a complete basketball player,” says Tilton head coach Marcus O’Neil. “He’s a terrific player on both ends of the court and puts the team ahead of himself.”
The young man spent part of 2014 with his mother and younger brother, Martin, in Rhode Island. “He’s worked hard and developed into one of the better players in the country,” says his proud matriarch.
On Friday evening, Terance will get a chance to showcase his skills in New York City, when he takes part in the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic. He will be part of the Regional Classic, featuring players from New York City and the greater northeast.
Terance joins fellow ACC commits Moustapha Diagne (Syracuse), Tyler London (Syracuse), Matt Ryan (Notre Dame), and Damon Wilson (Pitt) on the “away” team at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, in a game that tips off from 5:30pm.
Saint Lucia has had quite a few homegrown basketball players take up university scholarships in the United States. To borrow a phrase from the American pickup lexicon, Terance Mann has got next.