Paolo Banchero is no longer considering a jump to the 2020 class. According to Jake Weingarten, the five-star power forward will remain in the 2021 class and is in the process of planning official visits to Kentucky and Duke.
Banchero is considered the top power forward and a top five overall prospect in the 2021 class by 247 Sports, ESPN, and Rivals. The Seattle native also has offers from Memphis, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington. The home state Huskies were thought to be the early frontrunner, but at the NBPA Top 100 Camp earlier this summer, Banchero said distance won’t necessarily be a factor in his decision.
“No, not at all. I’m willing to go wherever,” Banchero said. “Not saying I won’t stay on the West coast. But if I was trying to go to an East coast school or down South, distance wouldn’t really affect me too much.”
Yesterday, Corey Evans listed him among the top performers at the Nike Skills Academy.
“Arguably the best post prospect on hand in California, Banchero drew rave reviews with his sturdy skill set and ability to check practically every box on the final stat sheet. His pick-and-roll game was on point and so was his finishing abilities in traffic. Banchero fits the modern game perfectly and can play in any sort of scheme thanks to how well-rounded he is.”
Watch him work below: