Role Basketball player
Position Shooting guard
Name Nick Mantis
|Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)|
Weight 86 kg
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Height 1.91 m
|Born December 7, 1935 (age 80)
East Chicago, Indiana (1935-12-07) |
High school Washington (East Chicago, Indiana)
College Northwestern (1956–1959)
NBA draft 1959 / Round: 5 / Pick: 37th overall
Education Northwestern University
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Nicholas "Nick" Mantis (December 7, 1935 – August 13, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. Mantis was selected in the 1959 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks after a collegiate career at Northwestern University. He played for the Hawks, Minneapolis Lakers, and Chicago Zephyrs during a two-year NBA career. Mantis also played in the American Basketball League in 1961–62 and the Midwest Professional Basketball League, winning MVP and first-team all-league honors in 1963–64.
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Mantis was a standout player at East Chicago Washington High, playing for Johnny Baratto; he enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at Northwestern, where he led the Wildcats in field goal percentage as a senior. That season (1958–59) he served as team captain and led them to their best finish in the Big Ten - a tie for 2nd with an 8-6 conference record, 15-7 overall. The Wildcats won nine of their first ten games, dropping a stunner to #5 North Carolina in the Univ. of Louisville-hosted 'Bluegrass Festival Tournament.' The Wildcats spent seven consecutive weeks in the AP Poll and knocked off the Jerry West-led West Virginia Mountaineers.
Mantis died on August 13, 2017 at the age of 81.