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Belgium Bound

Belgium Bound

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball All-American J.J. Mann ('14) has agreed to a professional playing contract with Okapi Aalstar in Belgium for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

The Smyrna, Georgia native split time this past season between Team Fog Naestved in Denmark and Imortal BC Albufeira in Portugal.

This is Mann's second stint in the top professional league 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 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 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 RPIs nine consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.