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Three UArizona players taken in NBA draft

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TUCSON (KVOA) – Zeke Nnaji,  Josh Green and Nico Mannion all left the U of A as underclassmen, and now they’ll be playing pro ball after all three were selected in Wednesday night’s NBA draft.

Josh Green was selected in the first round (18th overall) by the Dallas Mavericks.

Zeke Nnaji was the second Wildcat taken in the 2020 NBA draft.  He was taken in the first round by the Denver Nuggets (22nd overall).

Nico Mannion, once projected as an NBA lottery pick before he began his career at the University of Arizona, slipped to the middle of the second round, and was selected 48th overall by the Golden State Warriors. If Mannion makes the team, he’ll play for another former UArizona great, Steve Kerr, who coaches Golden State.

Green averaged 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Wildcats, while NNaji hit for 16.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the field for the Wildcats in his freshman season.

Mannion averaged 14 points for the Wildcats to go along with his 5.2 assists.  

Despite having 3 NBA draft picks, Arizona lost eleven games last season.  The Wildcats' overall record was 21-11.  However, had the NCAA tournament not be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, who knows how far the Wildcats would have gone in the postseason.

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