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Point guard Nico Mannion from The University of Arizona — and, previously, Pinnacle High School — was selected No. 48 overall by the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Here is our pre-draft breakdown of Mannion from earlier this week:

PG Nico Mannion, Arizona (Pinnacle HS)

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 190 pounds 

Draft position: Late first round or early second round; Bleacher Report predicts Milwaukee takes him at No. 24; CBS Sports projects him to go No. 37 to Washington; Sports Illustrated has him going No. 39 to New Orleans.

NBA comparison: Luke Ridnour

Mannion was born in Italy, but his family moved to Salt Lake City while he was a child and then settled in Phoenix, where he went to Pinnacle. He was a MaxPreps first-team All-American and 6A all-state first-team selection as a freshman before leading the Pioneers to back-to-back state titles in 2018 and 2019, earning Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year honors each season. As a junior, he averaged 30.4 points, 6.2 assists and 6.2 rebounds and was a USA Today All-USA second-team selection and Naismith All-American third-teamer.

He graduated in 2019 after taking online summer courses to accelerate his education, allowing him to enroll at the University of Arizona last fall. With the Wildcats, he was named to the All-Pac-12 second team and the All-Freshman team, averaging 14 points and 5.3 assists per game. He declared for the draft shortly after the season ended.

Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer: “One of the best passers in this class. His physical dimensions may limit his upside, but he can thrive in an offense that shares ballhandling responsibilities.”

Mike Schmitz, ESPN: “Offers a healthy blend of scoring and playmaking at the lead guard spot. Doesn’t have many ways to create separation off the dribble. Needs to become a knockdown shooter given some of his physical limitations.”


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