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Banchero Nominated For Karl Malone Award

Clearly, great things are expected from young Banchero ds

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NCAA Basketball: Duke Countdown to Craziness
Oct 15, 2021; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Paolo Banchero (5) shoots over forward Bates Jones (34) during Duke Countdown to Craziness at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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The sense that Paolo Banchero is going to be a special player keeps increasing. Who gets named pre-season ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year?

Only Banchero.

Now he’s been nominated to the watch list for the Karl Malone Award.

Also nominated from the ACC: UNC’s Dawson Garcia, Virginia’s Jayden Gardner and Virginia Tech’s Keve Aluma.

Last year you could really have picked Luka Garza early, maybe Drew Timme, but in the modern era, there just aren’t that many good big men who stick around past their freshman year. So maybe Banchero is the best candidate.