2022 NBA draft: Paolo Banchero selected with No. 1 overall pick by Orlando Magic

Jun 24, 2022 478

BY: Krysten Peek

The Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the first pick in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night. After weeks of Auburn's Jabari Smith being projected as the consensus top pick, the Magic shocked everyone by selecting Banchero. Banchero is the second No. 1 pick in the last four years for the Blue Devils (Zion Williamson went No. 1 to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019), and the fifth top overall pick in program history.

Banchero, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward, averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 33 minutes over 39 games for the Blue Devils. The Seattle native was fourth in rebounds in the ACC and recorded 12 double-doubles this past season. Banchero was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and a member of the All-ACC first team last season before declaring for the draft.

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SOURCE: https://sports.yahoo.com

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