Updated on 8/27/22. Written by Alan Lu.
2022 Rankings were finalized on 6/23/22.
2022 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 3
Projected Draft Range: Top 5
2022 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 1 by the Orlando Magic
Good low post scorer
Solid scorer off the dribble
Decent shooter for a big man, has stretch big potential
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Can be reluctant to take threes
Not an elite shot blocker
Can tend to be unfocused defensively
Can struggle to defend out on the perimeter
Paolo Banchero is a tough, physical combo forward that can score the basketball in a variety of ways, and he is also a very good rebounder. He also is a surprisingly good passer, and he is a patient player that can rack up assists. He will need to be a more focused defender in games. Banchero had a very good showing in the Champions Classic as he scored 22 points in his team’s win over Kentucky, and he’s played very well this year.
However, conditioning has been a key issue for him. He’s had cramping issues against Kentucky and Gonzaga, and he really faltered in the second half of his team’s loss to Ohio State. Still, Banchero is a very skilled big man that could be the top pick in the 2022 draft.
ESPN’s 2022 NBA Mock Draft
1/20/20 O’Dea vs. Eastside Catholic
11/9/21 Duke vs. Kentucky
11/26/21 Duke vs. Gonzaga
11/30/21 Duke vs. Ohio State
1/18/22 Duke vs. Florida State
2/5/22 Duke vs. North Carolina
3/26/22 Duke vs. Arkansas
4/2/22 Duke vs. North Carolina
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