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Maryland has been active on the recruiting trail in the past week, extending offers to junior perimeter recruits Chris Clarke, Jalen Adams and, most recently, Terance Mann of the Tilton School (N.H.).
After appearing to target more wings and big men, the Terps staff suddenly has turned its focus to finding another combo-guard type. Mann, ranked 75th in the Top247 for the class of 2015, is a versatile, 6-foot-6 guard with a label as an unselfish, all-around player. Like Adams, he was caught off guard by Maryland's offer.
"I just didn't know that they were in that interested in me," Mann said.
After playing in front of assistant Scott Spinelli on Wednesday in a big New England Preparatory School Athletic Council playoff game, Mann received a phone call two days later from coach Mark Turgeon, who extended him an offer.
"I was surprised, to be honest," Mann revealed. "I know they came to see me play, and I played well. I think I had 17 points, 16 rebounds and I was playing out of position. I was playing at the point. They've been watching me for a while, but I was still surprised."
Maryland's guard situation for the future doesn't look as sure as it once did. Nick Faust and Dez Wells will be gone after next season, and neither Dion Wiley or Roddy Peters has measured up to expectations heading into the summer. If one of them doesn't pan out, Mann could plug into multiple roles.
"I have a high IQ, I rebound, I consistently shoot the ball, I get my teammates involved a lot — that's one thing I do," Mann said. "And I bring a lot of energy on defense."
Along with the Maryland offer, Mann also holds offers from Georgetown, Florida State, VCU, Rhode Island and Creighton, with interest from Florida, Northeastern, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, West Virginia, George Washington, Pittsburgh and Miami.
He'll be focused on Amateur Athletic Union basketball this spring and summer. He plays for BABC, Jake Layman's former outfit, but will take official visits after that. As of right now, Florida State and Georgetown stand out as two schools he will visit for sure.
"I don't have anything planned quite yet, but most likely I'll take my official visits in August, maybe September or some [in] late July," Mann said. "I'll probably know where I'm going by the end of August or September."