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Paolo Banchero and Duke’s long shadow in the NBA

yesI'm sure a smirk of satisfaction escaped last night. Mike Krzyzewski (the legendary former coach of Duke and Team USA) seeing how his pupil pa


yesI’m sure a smirk of satisfaction escaped last night. Mike Krzyzewski (the legendary former coach of Duke and Team USA) seeing how his pupil paolo banchero room chosen in the number one position of the Draft 2022 of the NBA. ‘Coach K’, who in April could not say goodbye to the bench lifting a new trophy in the Final Four of the university league, has been able to see one more notch of his great impact in the NBA. Banchero is the fourth Krzyzewski player to lead the Draft. preceded him Zion Williamson (2019), Kyrie Irving (2011), and Elton Brand (1999).

This is how Paolo Banchero plays, number 1 in the 2022 NBA draft

Together with Banchero (n1), four other players who have defended this season the shirt of Duke captured the attention of the NBA franchises last night: Williams (n15), Griffin (n16), Moore (n26), and Keels (n42). These five new ‘rookies’ who make the leap from Durham (North Carolina) to the NBA follow in the professional footsteps of 68 other players who passed under Krzyzewski’s tutelage in just over four decades. Of all of them, eleven came to participate in at least one edition of the All-Star Game, and five achieved the NBA champion ring.

Krzyzewski’s long shadow in the NBA also reaches the benches and franchise offices, with some 25 former ‘blue devils’ currently working in some of those facets in the best league in the world.

Banchero, number 1 in the 2022 NBA Draft: “I’ll never forget it”

The ‘Spanish’ Jon Scheyer, in charge of Duke

jon scheyercurrent Duke coach after being Krzyzewski’s assistant for eight seasonsdescribes Paolo Banchero as “a unique player. I could talk about his talent and his qualities, but I prefer to start by talking about his character and that he allows himself to be shaped.. He is a great team player, he is not selfish at all. He can do everything on the track: he has ball control, he can initiate the attack well, he passes the ball wonderfullyit’s hard to get him out of the paint, and his body allows him to finish plays by coming into contact with wings and posts.

Banchero can do everything: he has ball control, he passes the ball wonderfully, it is difficult to get him out of the paint, and his body allows him to finish the plays by coming into contact with small forwards and centers

Jon Scheyer (Duke Coach)

For Jon Scheyer, Duke It has always been his home. He played there all four of his college years and earned the title of NCAA champion in 2010. From there he went on to play in the NBA summer leagues, but an unfortunate hit in a match seriously blinds him in one eye. After briefly going through the D-League, landed at Maccabi in Tel Aviv for a while. From Israel He made the jump to Spain, and played for CB Canarias in the 2012-13 season.