Pace Mannion

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Pace Mannion
Personal information
Born (1960-09-20) September 20, 1960 (age 58)
Salt Lake City, Utah
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolChaparral (Paradise, Nevada)
CollegeUtah (1979–1983)
NBA draft1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career1983–1989
PositionShooting guard
Number20, 18, 3, 12, 5
Career history
1983–1984Golden State Warriors
19841986Utah Jazz
1986–1987New Jersey Nets
1987–1988Milwaukee Bucks
1989Detroit Pistons
1989Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-WAC (1983)
Career NBA statistics
Points660 (3.1 ppg)
Assists231 (1.1 apg)
Rebounds259 (1.2 rpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Pace Shewan Mannion (born September 22, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and in the Italian league with the team of Cantù (which won the Korac European Cup in 1991 defeating Real Madrid in the final when he scored 35 points). He previously was a studio analyst for the Utah Jazz television pre- and post-game shows.

A 6' 7" (2.00 m) shooting guard born in Salt Lake City, Utah and from the University of Utah, he was selected 43rd overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1983 NBA Draft. Over six NBA seasons with as many teams, he averaged 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Pace Mannion Fan Club[edit]

In 1983, a group of Rice University students at Wiess College started the Pace Mannion Fan Club after watching him trip over his own feet while taking a breakaway layup during the NCAA playoffs. The fan club would attend Mannion's NBA games in Houston and occasionally San Antonio, and would scream for Mannion to play, normally only to see him get a few minutes of floor time.[1][2]

On January 14, 1986, Mannion and the Utah Jazz came to play the Houston Rockets, who had a 20-game home unbeaten streak. About 125 members of the Pace Mannion Fan Club attended the game.[1][2]

The fan club cheered "Pace, Pace, he's our Mannion" all night. Utah coach Frank Layden sent Mannion into the game early in the fourth quarter. By the time the game ended, Mannion had 13 points. The Jazz won the game 105-102.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

He is the father of top-ranked high school basketball player Nico Mannion.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Falkoff, Robert (January 15, 1986), "Jazz halts Rocket streak at 20", The Houston Post, pp. 1H
  2. ^ a b c Harasim, Paul (January 15, 1986), "Mannion fan club prevents Rockets from keeping the pace", The Houston Post, pp. 3A
  3. ^ Ballard, Chris. "Nico Mannion: Peek into life of basketball prodigy | Longform". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13.

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