Nico Mannion is an Italian college basketball player for the Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12 Conference. He previously played for Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a five-star recruit and one of the top point guards in the 2019 recruiting class. Although he mainly grew up in the United States, Mannion represents his birth country of Italy in international competitions. Moreover, Nico was born in Siena, Italy, where he spent his early childhood before his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and finally settled in Phoenix, Arizona.
High school career
As a freshman, Mannion began playing basketball for Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona under head coach Charlie Wilde. On February 9, 2017, he featured in a Sports Illustrated article, “A 15-Year-Old (Sorta-Maybe) Basketball Prodigy”.Likewise, Mannion started in all 28 of his games, averaging 20.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.4 steals per game while leading Pinnacle to a 22–6 record. Moreover, he missed his first four games with a broken left hand. Later, on February 28, 2018, Mannion scored 21 points in a 76–60 win over Mountain Pointe High School for the Class 6A state championship. Further, he finished the season averaging 23.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game, leading Pinnacle to a 24–7 record. Similarly, Mannion received MaxPreps Sophomore All-American third team and Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year distinction.
In his second collegiate game for Arizona, on November 6, 2019, he recorded 23 points, nine assists and four rebounds in a 90–69 win over Illinois. Similarly, on November 28, Mannion posted 16 points and 11 assists and made a game-winning layup with four seconds left in a 93–91 victory over Pepperdine in the first round of the Wooden Legacy. Moreover, in a second round win over Penn, he scored a season-high 24 points. Mannion led his team to the Wooden Legacy title and was named tournament most valuable player (MVP) after averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 assists per game. In the following day, he earned Pac-12 freshman of the week accolades. On February 29, 2020, Mannion had 19 points and six assists in a 69–64 loss to UCLA. At the conclusion of the regular season, Mannion was named to the All-Pac-12 second team and the All-Freshman Team. Mannion averaged 14.0 points and 5.3 assists per game as a freshman. Following the season, he declared for the 2020 NBA draft.
National team career
Mannion holds dual citizenship to the United States and Italy; his father is American, while his mother is Italian. Moreover, Mannion made his debut on August 11, 2017, recording 15 points and seven assists in a 64–59 loss to France.Two days later, he posted 42 points, five rebounds, and six steals in 29 minutes in an 86–57 victory over Russia. Through seven games, Mannion averaged a tournament-high 19.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game, leading Italy to a ninth-place finish.
Mannion is the son of an American father and an Italian mother. His father, Pace Mannion, is a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player who played for six different NBA teams through the 1980s. He played professionally for various teams in Italy until his retirement in 2002. Most notably, he helped Italian club Pallacanestro Cantù win the 1991 FIBA Korać Cup. Mannion’s mother, Gaia Bianchi, is a former volleyball player who played for the Italian national volleyball team.
- Full Name: Niccolò “Nico” Mannion
- Date of Birth: March 14, 2001
- Age: 19 years
- Birth Place: Siena, Italy
- Height: 1.91 m
- Weight: 86 kg
- Current team: Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball (#1 / Guard)
- Parents: Pace Mannion, Gaia Mannion
- Education: Pinnacle High School (since 2019), The University of Arizona
- Position: Point guard
- League: Pac-12 Conference
- Nationality: Italian / American
- Listed height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
- Listed weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
- High school: Pinnacle (Phoenix, Arizona)
- College: Arizona (since 2019–2020)
- Net Worth: N/A
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