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Still the Mann

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press
Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball All-American J.J. Mann ('14) has agreed to a professional playing contract with Bayer Giants Leverkusen in Germany, according to multiple reports.

The Smyrna, Georgia native shot 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point distance for Okapi Aalstar in Belgium last season.

Mann split time between Team Fog Naestved in Denmark and Imortal BC Albufeira in Portugal in 2018-19.

During his previous stint in Belgium he averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in 2016-17.

Upon graduation, the 6-6 forward set a number of Belmont NCAA era program records, including games played (139), victories (109), steals (208), single-season scoring (660 points, 2014), home court win streak (23 games), and overall home court winning percentage (50-2, .962).

Mann ranked among the OVC leaders in nine statistical categories in 2014, including scoring (18.3), 3-point field goal percentage (.390) and minutes played (35.2) en route to earning Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention, Mid-Major All-America, Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Year, NABC All-District and OVC Player of the Year honors. 

He was part of four conference regular season championships, three conference tournament championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances and one Postseason NIT appearance. Mann, who sank the game-winning shot in Belmont's victory at six-time National Champion North Carolina, currently ranks eighth on the program's NCAA era scoring list with 1,509 points.

Belmont also earned national Top 25 poll votes in each of Mann's four seasons.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 14 of the last 15 seasons, including nine berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 19 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 rankings 10 consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 15 consecutive seasons (Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.