December 7, 1935|
East Chicago, Indiana
|Died||August 13, 2017
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Washington (East Chicago, Indiana)|
|NBA draft||1959 / Round: 5 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the St. Louis Hawks|
|Number||16, 11, 23|
|1961–1962||Kansas City Steers|
|1962||St. Louis Hawks|
|1962–1964||Grand Rapids Tackers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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.
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.
- Nick Mantis. basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on May 16, 2013.
- Midwest Professional Basketball League History. Retrieved on February 7, 2016.
- Hutton, Mike (August 14, 2017). "Nick Mantis, a man among boys in basketball at East Chicago Washington, dies". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
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