Florida PG Andrew Nembhard declares for 2020 NBA Draft while weighing options; Tre Mann does, too

By Adam Silverstein
April 26, 2020
Florida PG Andrew Nembhard declares for 2020 NBA Draft while weighing options; Tre Mann does, too

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For the second time in his Florida Gators career, point guard Andrew Nembhard will explore his professional options. The sophomore floor general has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft ahead of the Sunday evening deadline for undergraduate players. Later in the day, freshman PG Tre Mann also declared for the draft, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

Though Nembhard will enter the NBA Draft process, as per league rules, he will have an opportunity to return to Florida should he not find his evaluation by professional scouts to be favorable as he has signed with an NBA-certified agent. This is the same process Nembhard went through after his freshman season, when he declared for the draft and ultimately returned for a second year with the Gators after not being invited to the NBA Scouting Combine.

Nembhard did have his bright moments for Florida this season with some highlight plays and dominant performances; unfortunately, he was not overly consistent game to game and his statistical production basically mirrored his freshman season.

Whether he improved enough to warrant an immediate NBA future is for scouts to decide, but this is a unique time for a borderline-draftable player to declare and test the waters.

Mann’s declaration is a bit of a mind-bender considering he averaged 5.3 points in 17.8 minutes per game last season. Though he was a five-star prospect and the No. 21 overall recruit coming out of high school, Mann did not necessarily do enough to warrant draft consideration in his freshman season. It is unknown whether Mann has signed with an agent, an NBA-certified agent or is entering the process without representation simply to gauge his stock.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the uncertain future of live sporting events, it is unknown if, when or how the NBA will continue the 2020 season. And with the draft unable to begin until the regular season is completed, that creates further uncertainty for undergraduates, particularly fringe players.

The decisions by Nembhard and Mann come on the heels of forward Keyontae Johnson and guard Scottie Lewis deciding to return for the 2020-21 season. Johnson was Florida’s best and most consistent player last season, while Lewis likely has the highest NBA upside long-term.

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