With the 2019 NBA Draft set for Thursday this week (June 20), we’re rolling out a new, quick-hitter series that will focus on the plethora of ACC prospects heading into the event. For each player, we’ll keep it simple: one number to know, a signature highlight, the projected draft range, an attribute to know and one quick thought on how they project to the next level.
Next up after Duke and UNC is Florida State. While the Seminoles don’t project to have any likely lottery picks, two FSU products — Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann — are serious NBA prospects. Kabengele is a first-round talent, and he’s also where we’ll start this exercise.
Mfiondu Kabengele, C/F
Per 40 Minutes: 24.5 points, 11 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.8 blocks
- 3.3 3PA (36.9 3P%, 58.3 eFG% on catch-and-shoots), 9 FTA (76.1 FT%)
- 64.5 FG% at the rim (44 dunks)
- 27.5 percent usage rate, 53.8 eFG%
Number(s) To Know:
- 11.5 percent offensive rebound rate
- 73.5 FG% on put-backs, per Synergy Sports
- 8.3 percent block rate
- Late first round, 20-30
Attribute To Know:
- Post-up bully who can score out of the pick-and-roll and brings some stretch to the frontcourt
- After an intriguing freshman season, Kabengele blew up as perhaps the premier super-sub in college basketball. Kabengele is still learning certain aspects of the game (21 career assists in over 1,300 minutes of action); however, he knows how to score from multiple levels, hit the glass hard and offers some rim protection too. He has the ability to do similar stuff in the pros: come off the bench, prop up a second unit offense (1.28 points per possession out of pick-and-rolls/pops), work the boards and draw fouls — 6.6 fouls drawn per 40 minutes, per KenPom.
Terance Mann, G/F
Per 40 Minutes: 14.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks
- 2.6 3PA (39 3P%, 60.8 eFG% on catch-and-shoots), 4.2 FTA (79 FT%)
- 64.8 FG% at the rim (38 dunks)
- 115 dunks during his four seasons at FSU (1.27 per 40 minutes)
- 18.4 percent usage rate, 55.7 eFG%
Number To Know:
- According to Synergy: 64.9 FG% at the rim in the half court (161-of-248 FGA) over the last two seasons
- Note: This is a monster number for a wing
- Second round, 31-45
Attribute To Know:
- Do-it-all wing who can really finish at the rim
- Intriguing, smart defender who loves to win basketball games and compete — and played his way into an invite to this year’s draft combine, and then made the most of his opportunity. Mann isn’t super long, though (sub 6-foot-8 wingspan), and his stocks numbers reflect that: 1.2 percent steal rate and 1.2 percent block rate. The key for Mann: is his newfound 3-point shot for real? After shooting just 27.3 percent from deep his first three seasons at FSU (just 14 percent of his FGA), Mann splashed nearly 44 percent of his triples during ACC play. He if can continue to hit at a good rate, the rest of his game is ready to roll.