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Nico Mannion is expected to sign with the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday. 

Nico Mannion indicated on Twitter he will sign with Arizona on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period.

After committing to the Wildcats in September, Mannion said he would probably wait until the spring.


Four-star forward Drew Timme held an announcement at his high school to say he'll play for Gonzaga. He had Arizona among his top five but never visited the Wildcats, so it appeared his choice was largely between the Zags and Texas A&M.

Rated No. 29 by Rivals, Timme is one of Gonzaga's highest-rated recruits yet.


Among the new things UA coach Sean Miller is doing this season is releasing a video of him talking with one of his players over game video .

This week, Miller tells Emmanuel Akot that he's valued on defnse, that he should either drive all the way to the basket or shoot a 3 instead of pulling up for 18-footers, and that "when you're aggressive and confident, that's when you're at your best."

At the end of the video, Miller asked Akot if it is true that he spits sometimes in huddles.

"Uh, depends how angry you are," Akot said.

Watch the video here:


Another new feature is publicly announced game awards, starting with UA's win over Cal Poly on Sunday. Winners from that game were:

Gold A (player of the game): Ryan Luther

Playmaker of the Game: Brandon Williams

Rebounder of the Game: Ira Lee

Hustler of the Game: Dylan Smith

Screener of the Game: Akot

Defender of the Game: Smith

Sixth Man of the Game: Smith


Bill Walton and Jason Benetti will be on the call for Arizona's Maui Invitational opener with Iowa State on Monday (7 p.m MT on ESPNU), and the Gonzaga-Illinois game that follows. Jay Bilas and Dan Shulman are working the other side of the bracket.


Click here for our scouting report for the UA-UTEP game and here for our feature on UTEP. All links are also attached. 

Contact sports reporter Bruce Pascoe at 573-4146 or bpascoe@tucson.com. On Twitter @brucepascoe

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Bruce is a veteran Star sports reporter who has also worked at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He graduated from Northwestern University and has an MBA from Thunderbird.