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Duke freshman Paolo Banchero is officially named a SLAM All-American. Slam will announce the rest of their honors in the coming days. 
  • A five-star power forward out of O’Dea High School in Seattle, Wash.
  • Ranked as the No. 3 overall player in ESPN 100’s rankings for the class of 2021
  • Ranked No. 1 in the state of Washington and No. 1 at his position (center) in the ESPN 100
  • Named the Washington Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior
  • Became the sixth Duke commit in the past decade to earn MaxPreps Junior Player of the Year honors (Austin Rivers – 2010; Jabari Parker – 2012; Jayson Tatum – 2015; Zion Williamson – 2017; Vernon Carey Jr. – 2018)
  • Averaged 22.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 blocks per game his junior season at O’Dea
  • Took part in the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team minicamp in July of 2019
  • Also played quarterback for the O’Dea football team
  • Becomes first player from the state of Washington since Quin Snyder (Mercer Island) in 1986-89
  • Committed to Duke on August 4, 2020
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky, North Carolina and Gonzaga, among others