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Duke offers 5-star point guard Nico Mannion

More competition for the Arizona product

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The Arizona Wildcats are going to have to fend off darn near everyone to keep Nico Mannion in-state.

The five-star point guard received an offer from Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils on Monday.

Aside from Duke and Arizona, Mannion also holds offers from Villanova, UCLA, and Kansas among countless other schools.

The Pinnacle High School (Phoenix, Arizona) product is the No. 23 player in the 2020 class and No. 3 point guard, though he is considering skipping a year of high school and reclassifying to 2019.

Still, Arizona has been recruiting Mannion for a while now, and the early Crystal Ball predictions favor the Wildcats.

“I’m up there pretty often during the season when they have games,” Mannion told Adam Zagoria. “I go up and watch games. They’ve been great. The way they recruit it’s good. It’s good facilities. I’m close with coach Sean (Miller) and Coach (Mark) Phelps.”

While Arizona may have Brandon Williams on its roster in 2019 and/or 2020, there is always room for a player of Mannion’s caliber.

And at 6-foot-3, the athletic Mannion is certainly capable of playing both guard spots.

Here are some of his recent highlights:

Nico’s father, Pace, played in the NBA for six seasons.

Follow Ryan Kelapire on Twitter at @RKelapire