After one season with Duke Blue Devils, Paolo Banchero will declare for the NBA draft

Duke's Paolo BancheroAfter one season as a candidate for the No. 1 spot in the NBA draft, is now ready to jump to the NBA. 1 overall draft pick.

Banchero's decision was made public via social media on Wednesday. The school stated that Banchero intended to hire an agent.

Banchero stated, “It's always been a dream to play at Duke and it has always been my dream to play in the NBA.” “Duke has prepared my for that on and off of the court. … It has been a wonderful journey and I am blessed to be a member of The Brotherhood for the rest of my life.”

Before he arrived on the Durham campus, North Carolina campus from Seattle, Banchero was considered a one-and-done prospect. Banchero, who is a physical specimen with a strong frame and size as well as perimeter skills, was a third-team All-America selection by The Associated Press and ranks No. 2 on ESPN's most recent list of draft prospects.

Recently, the 6-foot-10 Banchero, weighing 250-pounds was projected to be the No. The 3rd overall pick in the latest mock draftJonathan Givony of ESPN.

Banchero was the star of a talented recruiting class. He averaged 17.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds. He cracked the 20-point mark fifteen times, while only failing to break double figures twice in 39 games. He was the Duke's most notable recruit, helping to reach Mike Krzyzewski, now a retired Hall of Famer,'s 13th Final Four. Also, he won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title for the first time since 2006.

Krzyzewski, a school spokesperson, stated that Banchero is “absolutely available to attack the following phase” in his career.

He is so explosive, dynamic and versatile. He is a great player in today's NBA. Krzyzewski said that he was able to do everything we asked. “I loved having him, his family and in our program. I wish him all the very best for his professional career.”

Banchero also took advantage college athlete endorsements that allowed them to make a profit from their image, name and likeness (NIL).

Banchero worked with Creative Artists Agency for marketing deals. He got deals that included being the first player to be featured in the NBA 2K videogame and a Panini basketball trading card as part of a multiyear deal.

He's now off to make more in the NBA.

Banchero is now the second Duke player who has announced an early jump to join the NBA. 7-foot-1 sophomore Mark Williams two days earlier.

This report was compiled by the Associated Press.


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