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Nico Mannion declares for 2020 NBA Draft

Arizona guard is projected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft.

Nico Mannion #1 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball against Nahziah Carter #11 of the Washington Huskies during the first round of the Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Arizona guard Nico Mannion has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Mannion just completed his freshman season with the Wildcats and is going to be a 1-and-done. He is considered to be the No. 14 prospect in this upcoming draft, per ESPN.

The 6’3 Mannion is a pure point guard and creator, who has excellent court vision and can make plays with both hands. He averaged 14.0 points and 5.3 assists per game in his only college season, but only shot 39.2% from the field and 32.7% from three-point range. He’ll need to step up his jumper, but all the other skills and enough athleticism are there for the son of Pace Mannion, a six-year NBA vet that finished his career with Cantù in Italy’s Serie A.

He didn’t have a ton of help at Arizona this year at times, and still found a way to close out games before Arizona’s late-season slide. At times he was on the only player on the floor performing at close to capabilities, and the losing shouldn’t affect his status as he was the most consistent Wildcat all season.