BROOKLYN, NY (WNCN) — Former Duke Blue Devil forward Paolo Banchero was drafted No. 1 overall to the Orlando Magic during the first round of the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Banchero is joining a Magic team that will benefit from the forward’s most developed and proven talent in this year’s draft, multiple sources say. His numbers bear this out easily. Duke will have several first-rounders tonight, and despite the talent on the Blue Devil board, Banchero averaged 17.2 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game.
He also finished his college career by shooting 52 percent from two-point land and 33.8 percent from 3-point land.
Banchero has been touted back and forth all offseason for being in the top three picks off the board. Even linked to No. 1 on draft day — and the rumors were true.
The 6-foot-10, 220-pound rookie will bring his height, skill, passing and playmaking skills to the Magic. Analysts said he’s not a unanimous No. 1 as he might not be as detrimental to an archer as players like the University of Auburn’s Jabari Smith or Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren.
However, it was Banchero over Smith and Holmgren on draft night.
Additionally, Atlantic Coastal Conference Defensive Player of the Year Mark Williams, second-team All-ACC Wendell Moore Jr., All-ACC pick AJ Griffin and ACC All-Freshman award winner Trevor Keels are all waiting to hear their names, too This evening.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets pick 13th and 15th places in the first round.
https://www.cbs17.com/email-alerts/breaking-news-email-alerts/paolo-banchero-drafted-no-1-overall-to-the-orlando-magic/ Paolo Banchero was drafted first overall to the Orlando Magic in Thursday’s NBA draft