At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Dylan Mann of Strong Center Jones.

We’ve watched Mann several times this spring season, previously stating, “There are several college-level prospects within this Strong Center roster, and that certainly includes Mann. He’s a long, wiry big man with touch, defensive instincts, and the ability to rebound on both ends of the floor. Mann typically does most of his work on the block, where he’s proven to be a reliable finisher, but can also knock down the occasional jumper. He works hard for rebounds and extra opportunities. Mann also moves well for his size. He has the tools to be an asset at the next level.” Later followed by, “Given his impressive growth over the last few months, Mann has clearly vaulted himself into being a next-level prospect. He doesn’t do anything flashy, simply provides a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor. Mann displays nice touch and an understanding of how to score with his back to the basket. He moves well for his size and runs the floor properly in transition. Mann has clearly gotten more comfortable (and physical) as a rebounder and interior defender, and does a solid job of altering shots. He should have several schools involved.”

Over the recent months, Mann’s growth as an overall player has been easy to see and appreciate. He’s clearly worked hard to grow his abilities on both ends of the floor. Mann is a useful finisher with a solid blend of length, touch, and footwork. He can play above the rim or finish with either hand. Mann plays with a quality motor and consistently battles for extra possessions on the glass. He positions himself well defensively to alter or block shots as an interior defender. He also runs the floor effectively in transition. There has been a clear uptick in buzz from college coaches, so it’ll be interesting to see where he ultimately furthers his playing career.

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