Unfortunately, Nico Mannion has no control over his wingspan. Mannion doesn’t have the profile or measureables of even an above average athlete. Will occasionally take a play off or lose his man, but isn’t common. Footwork: As mentioned in the perimeter defense description, he has quick, light feet which allow him to slide quickly. If that can become a consistent part of his game, his threat off the ball is going to be that much bigger and he will provide even more shooting gravity. Report as of February 3, 2020. Handle: Good handles but room for improvement. Offensive Role: Primary guard who can run the offense well and create shots for himself and others. Tough to expect above average defense against most starting guards but, Smart defender with good awareness. He does a decent job at drawing fouls in his limited drives to the rim. Offensive Summary: Combo guard. Notes: Measured 6’3, with a 6’2.5 wingspan and 8’1.5 standing reach before attending Arizona …Father Pace Mannion, native of Salt Lake City, UT was a professional player, 6’7 shooting guard, in the NBA and Europe (43rd pick in 1983, Golden State Warriors) … His Mother is … Mannion will be targeted by opposing NBA offenses on day one until he proves he’s a good defender. WING: 6-2 1/2: REACH: NA: Draft Notes . Not everyone can have Inspector Gadget arms like Mikal Bridges. Reads the defense well when running around screens (knows when to curl, fade, come straight off, etc), Started the year off barely attacking the basket and relied on floaters a lot but has looked to attacking a little more often recently. And while he didn’t shoot to his ability and Arizona wasn’t quite as dominant as some had projected them to be. Has exceeded expectations with his PoA defense in college, Lack of strength and length hurts his defensive versatility, Struggles to contest shots on spot ups because lack of length. Being a concern entering the year, he has already exceeded expectations with his perimeter defense. He’s able to shoot off-the-dribble out of the PnR and can make defenses pay for going under the screen, but also has a quick enough gather to where he can step into a pull-up vs a drop coverage and his defender trailing him over the screen. If another ball handler is on the floor, he can be used off-the-ball for catch and shoot and movement shooting opportunities. It’s actually a half-inch shorter than his 6-3 frame. His C&S numbers are below and considering that just over 94% of his jump shots are from at least 17 feet, his percentages are impressive. He’s not the most aggressive when it comes to attacking the basket and getting into the paint although he has been a little more aggressive recently compared to earlier in the year. Sees the play before it happens and is great at finding teammates with perfect passes. He knows how to fade to the corner, get his feet set quickly, and get off an open shot. Loves being put into the PnR. Mannion averaged 1.5 steals per game in college, his penchant for playing the passing lanes is underrated. Not an ideal frame but can still add some strength and fill out a bit. Can stop on a dime and quickly pull up before allowing the defense to get a hand up to contest. The Suns have a way to go in keeping teams out of the lane, ranking 20th in how often opposing offenses would shoot within 6 feet. Doesn’t try to deny the use of screens often and could put a little more effort into defending PnRs. Reading Screens: Does a good job at reading the defense while running off screens. Mannion is a crafty lead guard who came into Arizona with a big high school reputation. His main defensive goal going into the season was to protect the paint. Can get his own shot and shows promise as an outside shooter (although he struggled a bit at Arizona hitting only 32.7% from downtown). His shooting off-the-dribble is very impressive for someone his age. Shot Versatility (Movement Shooting / Off-The-Dribble): Offers good shot versatility. Can stop on a dime and quickly pull up before allowing the defense to get a hand up to contest. Doesn’t attack off the catch often and prefers it to be off-the-dribble. Comfortable finishing with either hand. Good catch and shoot player and can also shoot 3s off movement. Nico Mannion Phoenix Suns (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images), Phoenix Suns NBA Draft (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images). Standing 6-foot-3 with a developed 190-pound frame that has come a long way in recent years and a 6-foot-2.5 wingspan, Mannion has average size for … As stated before, does a good job at beating man to spot if they drive off spot ups. Because of this, Nico hasn’t been asked to fight over screens often and a lot of it relies on the bigs being able to contain and recover while Nico is getting there. Nico Mannion. His stepback can use some improvements (doesn’t create too much space on stepbacks so he often tries to pump fake and draw fouls instead). He’ll have to make up for his lack of length and top-flight speed with his defensive acumen. Smart and quick passer in transition. The 4 best players the Phoenix Suns have selected at #10. Doesn’t have an ideal frame for the NBA game, with a short wingspan and average height for position but his basketball IQ and competitive fire make up for it. There are times where he gets caught on screens where he should be able to get over, but has also shown good technique on other occasions. There is definitely room for improvement though, mostly based on his aggression. Off Ball / Team Defense: Has the IQ to be a positive team defender but the length (or lack thereof) might hinder him on that end. It will be important to add strength to consistently match up against the stronger guards. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. When he’s looking to attack, he does a decent job at getting into the paint because of change of pace, change of direction, and smart use of angles. Every now and then, he will get caught on his heels but not too much of a problem. He does take a lot of long twos – and he’s capable of making them – but there are times where he could easily just keep his feet behind the line or take an extra dribble to get an easier midrange shot. Your privacy is safe with us. Uses his handles mostly to get into his quick gather for a shot off-the-dribble instead of using them to get into the paint, Login to add posts to your read later list. Ability to play on and off the ball. His footwork on/after his closeouts is a bit inconsistent and can get sloppy at times, but when he’s locked in, he does a great job there as well. The range on his floaters expands all the way out to the free throw line. Defensively, this will obviously hurt him. PnR Defense: Arizona has used several different PnR coverages this year but it has mainly been hedging, trapping and switching. It’s actually a half-inch shorter than his 6-3 frame. Does a really nice job at using hang dribbles/crosses to set up his shot, which usually sets up incoming screen also. He does a great job at stopping on a dime and pulling up before a defender can get a hand up to contest. Niccolò "Nico" Mannion (born March 14, 2001) is an Italian basketball player. While his touch is one of the best in the class, he relies on floaters too much. Mannion’s lack of wingspan makes it difficult for him to replicate Rubio’s prowess. Decent athlete although doesn’t consistently show his jumping ability often. He has to increase his leg and core strength in order to defend bigger players. Very advanced shotmaking off the dribble for his age. Shooting: Really good shooter with good, consistent form. Combo guard. Who knows? Something that he has really done a great job this year is attacking baseline and when the defense helps, he dumps it off to bigs under the basket for easy layups. Defensive Role: Limited defensive versatility due to size and length, but can be an average PoA defender if he adds strength. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. But Mannion is as driven and competitive as anyone in the draft. Would definitely help on the defensive end and with attacking the basket. On the other hand, he has times where he has a really good closeout and can slide his feet to stop the drive to force up a bad shot. Will take a bad, questionable shot here and there, but that could be because of what is asked of him on offense and Arizona’s roster construction. Doesn’t try to to deny use of pick and rolls and Arizona has been hedging, trapping, switching a lot of ball screens this year where he isn’t asked to fight over the screen. He played college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats.He attended Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the top point guards in the 2019 class. That may translate to the next level if Mannion can refine his help defense. late first to mid second round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, 5-Star Corner: Patrick Baldwin Jr. Interview, The Elite 25 – The Top 25 Prospects in High School Basketball, 2020 NBA Draft Big Board, Early November Edition, The Most Underrated Incoming Freshman Who Will Make NBA scouts Take Notice. Arizona doesn’t have anyone else who can create their own shot on the team so when shots aren’t falling, the offense can stall a little. Unfortunately, Nico Mannion has no control over his wingspan. NBA Draft: Should the Phoenix Suns sell or use the #10 pick? Makes quick reads in the halfcourt. Can push the ball and make the right decision or fill the wings and spot up for 3, Quick, light feet on the perimeter (although occasionally gets caught on heels). 21.5% of his shot attempts are floaters compared to only 8.7% being around the basket. NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT. The son of former NBA player Pace Mannion, who was listed at 6'7-190 pounds, Nico Mannion measured roughly the same marks as he did last summer at 6'1.5 in shoes with a 6'1.25 wingspan and a 165-pound frame. There are two things to consider when projecting to the next level – dealing with NBA spacing could help him attacking more often but going up against bigger and better athletes may make it a little harder considering his size/frame. Has also shown the ability to jump the passing lanes (St Johns game) although this is something that can probably improve a little also. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. Good catch and shoot player and can also shoot 3s off movement. Shot Selection: Good for the most part. Not everyone can have Inspector Gadget arms like Mikal Bridges. Hasn’t been the most impactful team defender so far (been closer to average) but does a lot of the little things like stunting, digging, tagging/helping on the roll man, and positions himself well (although can improve consistency with positioning). Defensively, this will obviously hurt him. Does a great job at passing it ahead to the open man. Could add some strength to help also, Really comfortable passing in the pick and roll and loves dribbling baseline and dumping it off to his bigs, Isn’t the most explosive player – not bad though – in isolation, but does a great job at using change of pace, change of direction, and smart angles to get to the basket, Solid player in transition. A consummate point guard who makes great decisions with the ball, can handle against pressure and know when to look to score. His C&S / spot-up shooting is a very easy thing to project to the next level because of his good form, solid shooting numbers, free throw success, and amazing touch.