Nico Mannion is an Italian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As for the 2020-2021 season, he plays as point guard for the Golden State Warriors and its G-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors. He stands at 6 feet and 2 inches tall and his listed weight is 190 lbs. In 2019, he was selected as a McDonald’s All-American, and in 2020, he was named to the All-Pac-12. Manion attended Pinnacle High School in Arizona and was a member of the University of Arizona’s Wildcats. He joined the NBA during the second round of the 2020 NBA draft.
Nicknamed the ‘Ginja Ninja’ for his red hair, Nico Mannion was born Niccolo Manio in Sienna, Tuscany. His father was a former professional basketballer, Pace Mannion. He and his family spent their early childhood days in Italy before moving to Utah. Later, they settled down in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Pinnacle High School and was coached by Charlie Wilde. While in high school, he was featured in an article that ran in Sports Illustrated titled, ‘A 15-Year-Old (Sorta-Maybe) Basketball Prodigy’. He excelled in his athletic career in high school and was named to several prestigious teams include MaxPreps.
Following high school, he was considered a top player by ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports. He received an offer from Cal State Northridge when he was just in the eighth grade. Other offers came from Marquette, Villanova, and Duke. He eventually ended up attending the University of Arizona. During his stint with the Arizona Wildcats, he was named the Wooden Legacy’s most valuable player in 2019. For his freshman year, he averaged 14 points per game.
He declared for the NBA during the 2020 draft. He was signed by the Golden State Warriors to a two-way contract in November 2020. While on contract with Golden State, he also plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors. With his dual Italian and American citizenship, he became eligible to play for Italy internationally. He joined the Italian Team in 2017 for the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-16 and again in 2019 for the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. He played for one game, scoring 9 points. He is noted for being one of the youngest players to have played for the national team. He was 17 at the time.
Career Highlights and Awards
- 2017 – Played for Italy in the 2016FIBA Europe Under-16
- 2017 - Featured in a SportsIllustrated Article
- 2017 – MaxPreps First TeamAll-American
- 2017 – USA Today All-USA ArizonaPreSeason Team
- 2018 – MaxPreps SophomoreAll-American Third Team
- 2018 – Arizona Gatorade Player ofthe Year
- 2019 – Wooden Legacy Most ValuablePlayer
- 2019 – Played for Italy in the 2019FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
- 2019 - McDonald’s All-American
- 2020 - All-Pac-12