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Student-Athlete Profile: Jarrett Mann
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/15/2012

Jan. 15, 2012

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Among the many reasons for Stanford's success this year has been increased depth, with a versatile roster featuring 10 players who average at least 10 minutes of playing time.

Perhaps one of the best examples is senior Jarrett Mann, one of four captains on this year's Cardinal squad. After starting all but two games over the last two seasons, Mann has started only seven of Stanford's 18 contests this year. Often given the assignment of locking down the opposing team's best offensive player, Mann is averaging 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while receiving 18.8 minutes of playing time.

Meanwhile, Mann's free throw rate this year is actually 10 percentage points higher than his career mark. That being said, the native of Middletown, Del., is not satisfied with the progress and wants to improve that area of his game.

Whether he is coming off the bench in a reserve role or transitioning between positions to help the team, Mann has proven to be a valuable asset to Stanford's rotation.


Tell us a bit about your major.
"American Studies is a diverse major. It's a completely open major, so you have a wide field to choose from. I've taken everything from law classes to now marketing classes. You can even take business classes. I wasn't exactly sure what field I wanted to go into, but it's kind of led me here. Just being around sports and hearing from people who have completed internships. My major was such a broad field where I could explore different options."

You've thought about pursuing a career in sports marketing. Anything specific you would like to explore?
"I'm taking a sports marketing class this quarter, and I expect that we'll cover topics like branding and elements related to apparel. It's going to be my first class. Actually, I would say J.O. (Josh Owens) and I have hour-long conversations about shoes, everything from how they feel on your feet, what they look like or how sneakers have evolved over time. Since I was in middle school, my mom would buy us as many sneakers as she could. I would collect them and try to keep them as clean as possible. Now I probably have a collection of around 60 shoes."

How has your experience as a student-athlete related to your interest in athletic apparel?
"Playing sports all your life, you experience different brands, models, etc. I have a huge shoe collection and I notice the differences in style and comfort, and how they feel. As an athlete, I feel like I would have a lot to contribute in that field and I would really like to get into it. I am looking at some internship opportunities with different shoe designers. Not only in the design, but I'm interested in how the shoes feel, the comfort level and the effects of the sneaker. Do they make you quicker or are they made more for pounding? Obviously, I've experienced some issues with my feet, so I feel like I could contribute a lot."

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You're an above-average rebounding guard and arguably one of the league's top defensive players. You've compiled a career assist/turnover ratio of 1.3. And of course, you do a great job of drawing contact and slashing to the basket.
"I'm not sure how much of it is just being a bigger guard. Really, I came in here skinny at first. I think it's just the East Coast basketball style of play, and growing up on the East Coast. A lot of it is just continuing to go to the hole. That's what I was taught to do. That's how I had always played, even at a young age. On this team, that's one thing that Coach Dawkins preaches and feels we need to do more. He wants us to attack the basket. We have a lot of great shooters, so it's great that I can come in, drive to the basket, draw fouls or dump off passes to guys. I've always been a slasher or a slithery type of guy, even as I was growing up. I like the physicality, so that's a way I can help the team. Attack the basket and draw fouls."

Your free throw shooting has improved this year. In fact, there have been a few cases when your performance at the foul line has helped the team win key games (Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State).
"I've made some mechanical changes to the shot. I think I've focused on it so much over the past three years, that this year I was of the mindset that I would just go to the line, shoot my free throws and not worry about it. Coach Dawkins tells me that when I go to the line, whether I make or miss them, I'm drawing a foul for the other team. He feels that I'm one of the better players to do that. He says `reward yourself for it, think of it as a reward for you because you're already helping the team out.' So I've just been going up there and shooting them, just trying to get to the line as much as possible. Coach Davey actually made some mechanical changes to my shot and they've been working out some as well. So I'm just going to continue trying to improve, and not focus on it as much."

It's a luxury for the coaching staff to have a veteran player who is capable of starting or providing energy off the bench. No matter what the situation, you're always ready to go.
"When we are going up against a tough offensive player that night, Coach Dawkins will probably put me in the lineup. Even if I'm coming off the bench, he's going to rely on me heavily to guard that guy as the primary defender. In another role, he just wants me to maintain that calming effect on the offense. I think that's because I've been through it already as a leader out there. It could be on or off the ball. My role is to get the offense into a flow and keep everyone settled down."

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- Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations



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