It won’t be long before Paolo Banchero names his name in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Banchero, No. 2 in his recruiting class, shone in his only season with Duke. He appeared in 39 games with the Blue Devils and averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals on 47.8 percent shots from the field.
Banchero was a consensus All-American second-team and was named ACC Rookie of the Year.
TSN draft expert Kyle Irving has Banchero number 1 on his big board and calls him the top player in his draft class. While Banchero is unlikely to be the top pick overall, he is expected to finish in the top three.
Why? Not only does he have superb skills, but Banchero has the size to make an instant impression in the NBA.
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How tall is Paulo Banchero?
Banchero doesn’t have official measurements because he didn’t participate in the 2022 NBA Draft Combine, but BasketballNews listed him at 6-10, 250 pounds. That goes well with some of the players he’s most commonly compared to – Carmelo Anthony (6-7), Glenn Robinson (6-7), Julius Randle (6-8) and John Collins (6-9).
Though Banchero is primarily viewed as a forward, his impressive size means he could eventually evolve into a small-ball center depending on the team and his progression as a defender.
What is the wingspan of Paulo Banchero?
BasketballNews unofficially lists Banchero’s wingspan as 7-1.
For a 6-10 player, that’s not too impressive. And yet it ranks in comparison to the likes of Michael Porter Jr. (7-0), Miles Bridges (6-9), Collins (6-11) and Herb Jones (7-0).
While Banchero may not have an elite wingspan by a long shot, it shouldn’t necessarily be an overarching factor significantly affecting his development.
Paulo Banchero NBA Player Comparison
TSN’s Kyle Irving prefers the comparison to New York’s Julius Randle.
“If you were to tell a fan of a team that Banchero drafts that one day he would average 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while averaging over 40% from the 3-point line will shoot, they would accept it immediately. ‘ writes Irving. “Well, that’s exactly what Randle did in 2020-21 when he carried the Knicks into the playoffs.
“Banchero’s All-NBA-level production projects. The question is does he have the drive and consistency to deliver.”
Banchero was born on November 12, 2002 and won’t turn 20 until later this year.