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A record-breaking 92 international players from 39 countries and territories feature on opening-night rosters for the 2013-14 NBA season. The previous opening-night record was set in the 2010-11 season with 84 players from 38 countries and territories. Twenty-seven of the 30 teams feature at least one international player.
The San Antonio Spurs break the record for the most international players on a team roster with 10; last season’s opening-night roster featured eight. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves follow with six international players each, and the Milwaukee Bucks have five. Seven teams have four international players and seven teams have three such players.
Georgetown had a slew of top players visit for their Midnight Madness, with Terance Mann headlining the top uncommitted players that took the trip.
The 40th ranked player in the Class of 2015 by ESPN, out of The Tilton School (N.H.), Mann currently holds offers from Georgetown, Florida, Boston College, VCU, Iowa State, Florida State and Rhode Island.
“Midnight Madness was good, that whole place was bumping, it was crazy,” Mann told SNY.tv. “It showed me that there are a lot of fans, and they really care about the basketball. They don’t have a great football team, so all of the kids go to the basketball games at the Verizon center.”
Currently, Mann says that he has no favorites, and that he will have visit to Florida State coming up soon, most likely over an up and coming break.