Arizona commit Mannion named National Basketball Athlete of the Year

Apr 8, 2019, 7:51 PM | Updated: 7:53 pm
(Photo by Tyler Rittenhouse/Cronkite News)...
(Photo by Tyler Rittenhouse/Cronkite News)
(Photo by Tyler Rittenhouse/Cronkite News)

Nico Mannion’s trophy case has become quite full over his career at Pinnacle High School, and on Monday he added another one, as he was named Boys’ Basketball Athlete of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.

The Arizona commit averaged 30.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season, and led Pinnacle to its second consecutive Class 6A title. He is the first Arizona student-athlete to win this award.

“Nico is an excellent example of what this award stands for,” NHSCA executive director Eric Hess said in the press release.

“He has excelled as much in the classroom as he has on the court. We congratulate Nico on an outstanding high school career and wish him success at the University of Arizona.”

Mannion’s great play has helped get him some national attention, as he was also put on USA Today’s second-team All-USA Basketball squad and named a Naismith third-team All-American in addition to this award.

Mannion is listed at No. 8 on ESPN’s rankings for the class of 2019, and he is considered one of the best point guard recruits in the entire country. He recently played in the McDonald’s All-American game alongside fellow Arizona recruit Josh Green, where he scored eight points and dished out two assists in 15 minutes of action.


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Basketball

Azuolas Tubelis #10 of the Arizona Wildcats moves the ball up-court past head coach Tommy Lloyd dur...
Arizona Sports

Report: Arizona, Alabama hoops finalizing neutral site game in Phoenix

The Arizona Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball teams are finalizing a game at Footprint Center, reports Jon Rothstein.
2 days ago
Florida Atlantic players celebrate after defeating Kansas State in an Elite 8 college basketball ga...
Associated Press

Florida Atlantic punches ticket to Final Four with upset win over Kansas State

Florida Atlantic had never won an NCAA Tournament game prior to this season. Now in its second-ever tourney trip, FAU is Final Four bound.
4 days ago
TUCSON, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 22: Adama Bal #2 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball against Khalil...
Austin Scott

Adama Bal leaving Wildcats via transfer portal

Sophomore guard Adama Bal marks the second Arizona Wildcat to enter the transfer portal, after averaging 2.5 points per game off the bench.
6 days ago
Arizona guard Kerr Kriisa (25) reacts after Arizona State guard Desmond Cambridge Jr. hits a three ...
Arizona Sports

Kerr Kriisa entering transfer portal after 3rd year with Wildcats

Point guard Kerr Kriisa will enter the transfer portal after playing his third year with the Arizona Wildcats, he told ESPN.
7 days ago
Lauren Fields #23 of the Arizona Wildcats shoots as Abby Meyers #10 of the Maryland Terrapins defen...
Associated Press

Arizona WBB eliminated from NCAA Tournament with loss to No. 2 seed Maryland

Diamond Miller scored 24 points to help Maryland to a 77-64 victory over Arizona in the second around of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night.
10 days ago
Arizona Wildcats guard Lauren Fields (23) shoots over West Virginia Mountaineers forward Isis Beh (...
Arizona Sports

March Madness: Arizona WBB underdogs in 2nd-round matchup with Maryland

Arizona women's basketball is the final of four teams from the state alive in March Madness after defeating West Virginia 75-62 on Friday. 
11 days ago
Arizona commit Mannion named National Basketball Athlete of the Year