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Duke's Paolo Banchero in Starting Lineup Despite Charge


On the same day news broke of DWI-related charges, Duke's star freshman Paolo Banchero was in the starting lineup for the Blue Devils's game against Gardner-Webb.

Michael Savarino, the grandson of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, and Banchero were involved in a traffic stop incident where Savarino was arrested on suspicion of DWI. Banchero is reportedly facing a charge of aiding and abetting DWI. Banchero was released at the scene, per The News & Observer

"We are reviewing a legal matter involving two members of the men’s basketball team,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. "Any further actions as a result of this situation will ultimately be determined by the Vice President/Director of Athletics and University officials.”

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Banchero is considered one of the top prospects for the 2022 NBA draft if he opts to leave Duke after his freshman season. Through his first three games, Banchero is averaging 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game on 67.7% shooting from the field.

Editor's Note: A previously published version of this story said Banchero had been arrested, not charged and released at the scene. We deeply regret this error.

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