Five-star point guard Nico Mannion has updated his recruitment and where he stands, saying that Kentucky is trying to get involved in his recruitment, according to Eric Bossi of Rivals.com.
“I’m trying to get my list cut down pretty soon,” Mannion said. “I was pretty ready but then Kentucky and North Carolina got into the mix so I wanted to talk to them a bit.”
While neither Kentucky or North Carolina has offered yet, Mannion has spoken directly with John Calipari and should be speaking with Roy Williams after the weekend.
Mannion is ranked the No. 17 player and No. 2 point guard in the class of 2019 by 247 Sports. The Phoenix native said that Arizona, Duke and Villanova are near-locks to make his final list. Arizona is the favorite to land in his crystal ball, with 13 predictions logged thus far.
Mannion namd his top 10 in June: Duke, UCLA, Kansas, Arizona, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Utah, UCLA, USC and Marquette. He has 18 offers. Kentucky has not offered yet. The good news is Mannion is planning to make a decision in late 2018 or early 2019, so John Calipari has plenty of time to make this recruitment a battle of Wildcats (and Duke).
Mannion, a 6-3 guard, has a great skill set who can win in a variety of ways. He’s great at running the floor on the break, with a good handle on the ball and an ability to finish at the rim in transition. He’s also a flashy passer with a nice stroke from deep.
You can check out some of his recent highlight below.