Paolo Banchero, born in Seattle, was chosen as the first athlete in the NBA Draft. The Orlando Magic took him. The 19-year-old Italian-American talent, 208 centimeters and 113 kilos, was given in the top three, heading towards the Houston Rockets, but in recent days the rumors about a possible move to number one had increased. So it was. In college he played basketball with the Duke Blue Devils. After the freshman season, Banchero declared himself ready for the 2022 NBA draft. This year he was named ‘Acc Freshman of the Year’.
Son of Mario Banchero, former football player, and Rhonda Smith, basketball talent of Washington University, he took Italian citizenship only last year, and is already usable as a blue basketball player.