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Duke Recruiting: More On Paolo Banchero

A big surprise for sure but a good one for Duke fans.

City Of Palms Classic
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 19: Paolo Banchero #5 of O’Dea High School against Blanche Ely High School during the City of Palms Classic Day 2 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on December 19, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida.
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Like just about everybody else, we were surprised when Paolo Banchero committed. We had pretty much written him off for Duke. The rumors about Banchero and recent Tennessee commit Kennedy Chandler going as a package deal seemed to have some credence, if only because it was repeated so often.

To an extent we’re catching up on things with him because we really didn’t expect him to pick Duke and certainly not right now.

So we looked up a few old articles and a couple of new ones to kind of get up to speed and we thought we’d link them for anyone else who could use a bit of catching up on Duke’s surprising August commitment.

You’ll know some of this stuff but here it is anyway:

  • Both of his parents were Washington athletes. His dad played football and his mom was the all-time scorer in basketball for some time.
  • His uncle also played football for Washington
  • He is, or at least was (not sure about his current status) a quarterback with his coach raving about his intelligence. His team won a state championship.
  • At 15 months, he was already three feet tall.
  • For those who were wondering if this might discourage Patrick Baldwin, Banchero says he’s recruiting him hard to join him at Duke.
  • He became an Italian citizen this February.