Vols Make Final 3 for Top 2019 Target

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    The Vols are targeting several highly-rated players in the 2019 recruiting cycle, and they’re in a good spot with several of those players. And they got some great news from the player who is arguably their top realistic target in this class.

    Tre Mann is one of the highest-rated point guards in the 2019 class. The Vols have been pursuing him for a while, and their efforts have thus far paid off. Mann released a video announcing his final three schools moving forward in his recruitment, and Tennessee made the cut along with Florida and Kansas.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Mann is the No. 38 overall player and the No. 4 point guard in the entire 2019 class. The 6-foot-1, 160 pound point guard from The Villages, Florida not only has offers from Kansas and Florida, but he also holds offers from Memphis, Louisville, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, and others.

    Tennessee got an official visit from Mann back on April 24th, and head coach Rick Barnes and his staff have made him a priority in the 2019 class. Kansas didn’t offer him till April 30th, and their offer made a big impact in his recruitment. He’s also officially visited Florida in the last month and unofficially visited them twice in 2017.

    Mann has earned the nickname “The Steph Curry of High School,” and he’s called that for good reason. He can pull up and hit a jumper from just about anywhere on the court. He’s also undersized like Curry was heading into college, but he doesn’t let his lack of weight stop him from driving inside and getting physical in the paint. Mann doesn’t just shoot jumpers; he’ll cut inside and force contact too, as he averaged nearly five free throw attempts per game this last season in high school.

    As a junior this past season, Mann averaged 20 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and two steals per game according to MaxPreps. He shot 37 percent from three and sank 90.3 percent of his 134 free throws.

    The Vols have offered several point guards and combo guards in the 2019 cycle, but Mann is likely their No. 1 target at the position. Five-star Josiah James, four-star Kira Lewis, and four-star Kyle Sturdivant are also names to watch at the position, and five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque and four-star combo guard Dekeyvan Tandy could also play the position.

    While Tennessee is in a good spot with all those guards, Mann looks to be the Vols’ top point guard target and arguably their top target in the 2019 class altogether. They’ll continue to battle Kansas and the Gators for his services.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.