Paolo Napoleon James Banchero is an American-Italian professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of National Basketball Association.
Paolo Banchero : Position | Sweating problem | Team
Banchero played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils.
Following his freshman season, Banchero declared for the 2022 NBA draft, where he was selected with the first overall pick by the Orlando Magic. In 2022, he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year.
|Born||November 12, 2002
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Nationality||American / Italian|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
Banchero reached a height of 3 feet (0.91 m) at 15 months of age. In his childhood, he played basketball and American football and took part in track.
He grew up playing basketball at Rotary Boys and Girls Club of Seattle, as well as EBC Camps most notably the Ballislife Jr. All-American Camp, drawing inspiration from his mother, who played professionally. In seventh grade, Banchero grew from 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) to 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m).
He was ranked among the top 50 eighth-graders nationally in both basketball and football.
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Before Paolo Banchero was selected first-overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2022 NBA draft, he kicked off his college career as a freshman at Duke.
- School: Duke
- Position: Forward
- Height: 6-foot-10
- Weight: 250 pounds
- Years active: 2021-22
- NCAA tournament record: 4-1
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made a 13th Final Four appearance in his final season, one season after Duke went 13-11 and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995.
Freshman forward Paolo Banchero was a major reason why the Blue Devils made such a turnaround and went on such a deep run in the tournament.
The 2021-22 Blue Devils both started and finished the season ranked No. 9 in the AP poll, peaking at No. 1 in the country, while the versatile, 6-foot-10 forward led the team in scoring and rebounding.
According to Banchero’s 247Sports recruiting profile, he was ranked as the No. 2 player in the country in the 2021 high school graduating class, behind only Chet Holmgren, who attended Gonzaga.
Paolo Banchero pours his blood, sweat, and tears onto the court every single game … but mostly his sweat.
During Tuesday’s game between Duke and Ohio State, ESPN’s Holly Rowe spoke on the cramps that the Blue Devils star Banchero has dealt with this season.
Banchero recently had a sweat test performed on him by a doctor, which revealed that he loses about seven pounds every game.
As a result, the freshman now drinks a special oxygenated fluid during games that absorbs immediately and helps prevent cramping.
The 19-year-old Banchero is Duke’s leading scorer and rebounder with 18.3 points and 7.6 boards per game this season. He is also a strong candidate to go with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Banchero’s cramps briefly forced him off the floor during both of Duke’s marquee games against Kentucky and Gonzaga earlier this month.
While cramping has been a problem for some very prominent basketball players, Banchero’s issue is definitely one of the stranger ones we have seen at any level of the sport.
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Banchero was selected with the first overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 2022 NBA draft.
He made his summer league debut on July 7 against the Houston Rockets with 17 points, four rebounds, and six assists in a 91–77 win.
Banchero is eligible to play for the Italy national basketball team and has indicated he wants to represent Italy in international competitions.
He was selected to the country’s 24-man squad for the EuroBasket 2022 qualification games in November 2020, however he did not play.
In his college debut, a 79–71 win against Kentucky, Banchero scored 22 points. On November 15, Banchero earned his first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Freshman of the Week honor.
On November 23, 2021, Banchero scored 28 points and 8 rebounds in a 107–81 victory against the Citadel.
He was named first-team All-ACC as well as ACC Rookie of the Year. On March 15, 2022, Banchero was named a Third Team All-American.
During the 2022 NCAA tournament, Banchero performed well, including scoring 22 points against Texas Tech.
As a freshman, he averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. On April 20, 2022, Banchero declared for the 2022 NBA draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.