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Warriors’ Nico Mannion named to Italian 12-man Olympic roster

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Golden State Warriors guard Nico Mannion on Friday was among the players named to the Italian 12-man roster for the Tokyo Olympics, the team announced.

Mannion, who was born in Tuscany, averaged 17.7 points, four assists and 1.7 rebounds per game during the qualifying tournament to help Italy claim one of four spots in the Olympics. He finished third in scoring among all players in the tournament from Belgrade, Serbia.

He scored a team-high 24 points on Sunday to lead Italy to a win over Serbia in the finals and claim the tournament victory. With the win, Italy returns to the Olympics for the first time since 2004 when they finished with the silver medal.

Italy will conduct training camp starting on Monday until leaving for the Olympics. They were placed into Group B at the Olympics and will begin preliminary play on July 25 versus Germany.

The 12-man Italian Olympic roster:

Player

Team/Club

Marco Spissu

Banco di Sardegna Sassari

Niccolò Mannion

Golden State Warriors

Stefano Tonut

Umana Reyer Venezia

Danilo Gallinari

Atlanta Hawks

Nicolò Melli

A|X Armani Exchange Milano

Simone Fontecchio

TD Systems Baskonia – Spagna

Amedeo Tessitori

Segafredo Virtus Bologna

Giampaolo Ricci

A|X Armani Exchange Milano

Riccardo Moraschini

A|X Armani Exchange Milano

Michele Vitali

Umana Reyer Venezia

Achille Polonara

Fenerbahce Istanbul – Turchia

Alessandro Pajol

Segafredo Virtus Bologna

Preliminary play in basketball, which consists of 12 teams in three groups, will begin July 25 and run through Aug. 2. The quarterfinals will start on Aug. 3 and consist of the top two teams in each group from the preliminary phase plus the two best third-place teams.

The semifinals will take place on Aug. 5 with the gold and bronze medal games on Aug. 7.

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