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Why Steph believes 'sky is the limit' for rookie Mannion

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Nico Mannion in the summer of 2018 attended Steph Curry's SC30 Select Camp in the Bay Area.

About two-and-a-half years later, the Warriors selected Mannion in the second round (No. 48) of the NBA draft.

"I talked to him right after the draft. Definitely a full-circle moment," Curry told the media on a Wednesday afternoon conference call. "The sky is the limit for him.

"He's kind of wise beyond his years. He has a game that doesn't look like a 19-year-old that is just coming out of college."

Mannion one year ago was considered a top-10 draft prospect. But his stock significantly slipped after one season at the University of Arizona.

The former McDonald's All-American averaged 14.0 points and 5.3 assists over 32 games for the Wildcats, but shot just 39.2 percent overall and 32.7 percent from deep.

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But that's all in the past now, and the present and future are what matter.

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"Excited about the learning curve for him. He doesn't lack confidence at all," Curry said. "He knows he belongs. He knows he has the potential to have a long career in this league."

Mannion signed a two-way contract with Golden State, which means he is allowed to suit up for 50 NBA games this season. He is expected to spend some time in the G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors as well.

 

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