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Five-star PG becomes Florida’s first 2019 commit

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Virginia v Florida

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Head coach Mike White of the Florida Gators reacts in the first half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Florida landed its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2019 Tuesday and it was a big one, as five-star point guard Tre Mann announced that he will remain in his home state for college. The 6-foot-4 Mann (The Villages, Florida), who visited Florida in the spring, picked Mike White’s program over North Carolina and Tennessee.

While Florida does have two lead guards on the current roster who are underclassmen in sophomore Michael Okauru and freshman (and expected starter) Andrew Nembhard, there was a need to add depth at the position especially if Nembhard were to play well enough to make his stay in Gainesville a short one. And in Mann, Florida now has a player who is considered to be one of the top lead guards in the 2019 class.

It’s also worth noting that Florida has two key perimeter contributors who will be seniors this coming season in Jalen Hudson and KeyVaughn Allen. So adding another guard, especially one of Mann’s caliber, gives Florida a needed boost as the program moves to complete its 2019 recruiting class.

Another Florida recruit who made news in recent days is 2019 four-star power forward Tyreek Smith, with the Baton Rouge native releasing a final five schools that consists of the Gators, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Texas A&M and VCU.