Local 2020 guard Nico Mannion has ASU offer before start of high school

One of the best young basketball prospect in Arizona hasn't even started high school yet and even so, already has an Arizona State scholarship offer.

CLAREMONT, Calif. --  nico mannion wasn't even born when Bobby Hurley's illustrious playing career ended. 

So, in advance of meeting the Arizona State head coach for the first time last month, Mannion did what any young teenager would do. 

"Before I went to the ASU team camp I actually googled him so I would know more," said Mannion, a freshman-to-be at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix. "Then I watched a couple of his highlight videos. He was tough, crafty."

Mannion played well in front of Hurley and ASU's assistant coaches -- well beyond his years. At 6-foot-1 or so, Mannion is very skilled and confident. He handles and distributes the ball effectively and is a good shooter with range. 

Despite the fact that he's in the 2020 class and hasn't even attended a day of high school yet, the Sun Devils extended Mannion a scholarship offer, his first. 

"I had never talked with coach Bobby before the camp. We lost in the finals to Desert Vista. I didn't think that he was going to but he ended up offering me at the end of our conversation. The way he was talking I didn't think he was going to but he did.

"He said I play a little but like him the way I see the floor and pass the ball." 


There's good reason to be bullish on Mannion's potential beyond what's seen on the court. His father Pace Mannion played collegiately at Utah and later as a 6-foot-7 shooting guard in the NBA for a half dozen teams in a career that spanned about seven years. 

"I hadn't really thought about it like that but my dad mentioned that I haven't even played a game in high school and already have an offer," Mannion said. "It's just a blessing."

At the West Coast Elite 100 Camp during the first five day July evaluation window, Mannion got an opportunity to play in front of more college coaches for the first time and didn't disappoint. He ended up making the event's Top-20 all-star game and was arguably the top 2020 prospect in attendance. 

"I like it, it's fun," he said. "It's great competition out there. You're not going to always play against guys you're age but I think it helps me get better. I'm trying to get bigger. When I handle the ball against bigger guards it's easier for them to bump me off my balance. And I'm figuring out how to be more efficient.

"I just go out and play my game. If I see a move, I'll try to do that. But there's not one guy that I look up to."

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