The Duke basketball program believes they have the best player in the country this season.
All Duke basketball fans thought the same, but associate head coach Jon Scheyer has said so publicly. The Blue Devils believe Paolo Banchero will be the best player in the country.
Duke’s future head coach joined Rob Dauster on The Field of 68 as the media ranked the Blue Devils at No.15 in its preseason poll.
Dauster asked Scheyer about Banchero, who could be the No.1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
“He’s one of a kind,” Scheyer explained of the very talented freshman.
“We plan to use him everywhere on the pitch, and we think he should be a shift and really the best player on the pitch, no matter who we play.”
Banchero is listed at 6’10, 250 pounds and can do anything on the basketball court, whether it’s playing indoors, outdoors, bouncing, or running the point.
The Seattle, Washington native reportedly lost 29 points and 12 rebounds to senior-led Villanova in a secret scrum over the weekend.
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Paolo Banchero registered Duke as the No. 2 player in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sport Composite Rankings, behind Chet Holmgren de Gonzaga.
Banchero and Holmgren will have the chance to face each other at least once this season on November 26 in Las Vegas.
Duke’s basketball assistant believes Blue Devils will have a prominent frontcourt
Jon Scheyer also discussed the potential duo of Paolo Banchero and Mark Williams on the front row, and the waiting head coach was excited about the second-year center’s continued development.
âWe think there is no better big guy in the country than Mark Williams,â Scheyer said.
“What he did at the end of [last] year was dominant. We really haven’t had a lot of guys doing this.
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Williams has averaged 16.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last six freshman games, which topped off with a 23-point, 19-rebound performance against Louisville in the ACC tournament.
The frontcourt duo will be joined by returning players such as Wendell Moore, Jeremy Roach and Joey Baker as well as transfer graduate Marquette Theo John and freshmen Trevor Keels, AJ Griffin and Jaylen Blakes.
The No.9 Duke will start his regular season against the Kentucky No.10 in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 9 (9:30 p.m. EST, ESPN).