Nick Mantis

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Nick Mantis
Personal information
Born (1935-12-07)December 7, 1935
East Chicago, Indiana
Died August 13, 2017(2017-08-13) (aged 81)
Schererville, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Washington (East Chicago, Indiana)
College Northwestern (1956–1959)
NBA draft 1959 / Round: 5 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Playing career 1959–1963
Position Shooting guard
Number 16, 11, 23
Career history
1960 Minneapolis Lakers
1961–1962 Kansas City Steers
1962 St. Louis Hawks
1962–1963 Chicago Zephyrs
1962–1964 Grand Rapids Tackers
Career highlights and awards
  • MPBL MVP (1964)
  • All-ABL Second Team (1962)
Career NBA statistics
Points 236
Rebounds 91
Assists 92
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nicholas "Nick" Mantis (December 7, 1935 – August 13, 2017) was an American professional basketball player.[1] Mantis was selected in the 1959 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks after a collegiate career at Northwestern University.[1] He played for the Hawks, Minneapolis Lakers, and Chicago Zephyrs during a two-year NBA career.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

Mantis died on August 13, 2017 at the age of 81.[4]

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