Winning, even in a friendly match or almost like the Rising Stars mini-tournament, is always a pleasure: Paolo Banchero knows it well, protagonist with Team Pau on the parquet in the first evening of the All Star Weekend – winner also thanks to the plays of a José Alvarado awarded with the MVP award of the evening. What has captured the attention of the Italian public, as has often happened in recent months, are the references to his future with the Italian national team: “Of course I’m thinking about playing for Italy, at the end of the season I’ll make my decision“. Then he also commented on the gift from Milan received in the past few hours: “I’m happy with this gift, it’s a nice personalized shirt made for me, I thank them and I hope to visit them soon. Football fan? Not one of my favorite sports to be honest, but I also follow it because my sister practices it at the university”. Author of 13 points overall in the two races, Banchero remains the main candidate for the rookie of the year award – focused on the end of the regular season and then only later will he definitively evaluate whether or not to take part in the blue expedition this summer to the World Cup next August.