Credit: AP - Scanpix
Credit AP - Scanpix

After denying all pre-draft speculations and guesses, Paolo Banchero became the No. 1 overall pick for the Orlando Magic.

3-pointers this season

Points made: 12,2
Accuracy: 33,1%
Place in standings: 15
Record max: 23
Record min: 4
Most made 3FGs: Cole Anthony

Before the Draft, the Duke University Blue Devils star forward took some time to answer some questions from La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Simone Sandri.

"After every game, I had guys sending me messages, mentioning me on social media, just showing their love and support from Italy, it was great," Banchero mentioned about the support he received from Italians all over the world during the season.

Asked whether he is going to help the Italian national team, the newly-selected Magic was certain. "I'll be playing for the national team," he said. "Probably not this summer but the following."

The 19-year-old averaged 17.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists for Duke in the NCAA last season. Known for his versatility, scoring ability, creativity, and feel for the game, Banchero was the first of two Orland Magic picks in the 2022 NBA Draft. The team also selected Caleb Houstan at 32nd pick. 

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