“I feel I am the best. There are so many great prospects to be selected in this Draft, but I feel I can prove my worth at every level: I know I have enormous room for improvement “. Paolo Banchero is in the running for one of the first three all-time calls of the Draft Nba, which will take place on the Italian night between Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June. “I am excited for what is about to happen: mine has been a long journey to get here, I have worked a lot to deserve all of this. Being here waiting for a call to the Draft is surreal, but at the same time I am aware that we are at the beginning and that only after being chosen in the Draft does the real work begin “.
“I’ll play with Italy again”
The wing, of Italian origin, is coming out of the Duke University. The possible destinations are i Magic, i Thunder o i Rockets. “I cannot give a specific name or indicate a favorite – he replied -, all three would be an excellent solution for me, since each team has great qualities, different from each other. I will be happy and enthusiastic regardless of the franchise that in the end he will decide to bet on me. ” Finally, on the future with the Italian national team: “Yes, my intention is still to play for the Italian national basketball team. I am enthusiastic about the idea that my NBA career is about to start and I hope that also at an international level, I am happy”Banchero concluded.
Doubts of the Magic
The Orlando Magic, who will have the number one choice, have not yet decided what they will do on Thursday night in the expected NBA Draft. The Florida team has also received several calls from other franchises to try to trade a pick that the Magic are still considering candidates for. “The dialogue is always in progress”said the president Jeff Weltman on the eve. “But above all, we can do what we want. This is the real benefit of having the number 1 choice. “ Candidates for choice are known: Jabari Smith Jr. by Auburn, who trained for Orlando earlier this month, Chet Holmgren di Gonzaga met the Magic for several days last week and Paolo Banchero of Duke who worked with former Magic guard Mike Miller. “It is confirmed that there are many talented players in this Draft, that’s for sure“Weltman said.