Paolo Banchero: charges of aiding and abetting fall

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Paolo Banchero: charges of aiding and abetting fall

Paolo Banchero had been stopped for having handed his car over to team mate Michael Savarino and for allowing him to drive while intoxicated. Last November the complaint of aiding and abetting the first choice of the 2022 Draft arrived.

Now it would appear that North Carolina's Orange County Assistant District Attorney Maren Hardin has dropped the charges, avoiding the player's trial. Why would this happen? The guilty plea of ​​Savarino, grandson of coach Mike Krzyzewski recently moved to New York University in Division III, who admitted driving after drinking alcohol and not respecting a stop.

For Savarino, on the other hand, there is a trial period of 12 months, 24 hours of service in a community and a fine of 300 dollars. Hardin explained: "It is not unusual for a person accused of aiding intoxicated driving to see the charges against him dropped after the order against the main accused in the case."

Banchero: from college to NBA

Unanimously considered a five-star rookie and one of the best players in the 2021 class, he receives offers from numerous Division I colleges, including Kentucky, Washington and Duke. Although Washington was considered the favorite by experts, the player accepts Duke's offer.

He made his debut with the Blue Devils shirt on November 9, 2021, scoring 22 points in the victory against Kentucky. At the end of the regular season he was named Rookie of the Year in the ACC, also being included in the first quintet of the conference and in the third All-American quintet.

Banchero leads Duke to the NCAA Final Four, where the Blue Devils are defeated by rivals from North Carolina. For his excellent performances, he is still included in the best quintet of the event, the only player not to have participated in the national final.

He ends the season with 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. On April 20, unanimously considered one of the three best players in the class, he decides to make himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Despite the forecasts of the experts saw Jabari Smith Jr. as the favorite, on June 23, 2022 he is chosen by the Orlando Magic with the 1st overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.