Well, Nico Mannion has had his last official assist and bucket for the Arizona Wildcats. He has officially declared for the NBA.
It’s no shock, given UA coach Sean Miller declared he was leaving a few months ago. Miller started recruiting for Mannion’s replacement in December in getting transfer James Akinjo from Georgetown. transfer
time to chase a dream.. pic.twitter.com/ff9HksJ8Up
— niccolo (@niccolomannion) April 7, 2020
Still, it took four months for Mannion to make it public. He was presumed to be a one-and-done player coming into the season.
In a tweet, Arizona coach Sean Miller said, “Nico’s future as an NBA point guard is very bright! All of us at Arizona wish him nothing but success!”
Miller called him a “special player” and said he’ll miss his “humble and quiet nature and his consistent focused approach to becoming the best player he can be.”
“Nico’s future as an NBA point guard is very bright! All of us at Arizona wish him nothing but success!”
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) April 8, 2020
Mannion, a McDonald’s All-American coming in, averaged 14.0 points and5.3 assists a game.
Last week, teammate Zeke Nnaji declared for the NBA draft. Now, the only one left for the likelihood of leaving the program is freshman Josh Green, who also came into the season as a presumed one-and-done player.