SI’m sure a satisfied smile escaped last night Mike Krzyzewski (the legendary former coach of Duke and Team USA) seeing how his pupil Paolo Banchero was elected in the number one position of the Draft 2022 of the NBA. ‘Coach K’, who in April could not say goodbye to the bench lifting a new trophy in the Final Four of the university league, has been able to see one more notch of his great impact in the NBA. Banchero is the fourth Krzyzewski player to lead the Draft. preceded him Zion Williamson (2019), Kyrie Irving (2011) y Elton Brand (1999).
Together with Banchero (n°1), four other players who have defended this season the shirt of Duke captured the attention of the NBA franchises last night: Williams (n°15), Griffin (n°16), Moore (n°26) y Keels (n°42). These five new ‘rookies’ who make the leap from Durham (North Carolina) to the NBA follow in the professional footsteps of 68 other players who passed under Krzyzewski’s tutelage in just over four decades. Of all of them, eleven came to participate in at least one edition of the All-Star Game, and five achieved the NBA champion ring.
Krzyzewski’s long shadow in the NBA also reaches the benches and franchise offices, with some 25 ex ‘blue devils’ currently working in some of those facets in the best league in the world.
The ‘Spanish’ Jon Scheyer, in charge of Duke
Jon Scheyeractual Duke coach after being Krzyzewski’s assistant for eight seasonsdescribes Paolo Banchero as “a unique player. I could talk about his talent and his qualities, but I prefer to start by talking about his character and that he allows himself to be shaped. He is a great team player, he is not selfish at all. He can do everything on the track: he has ball control, he can initiate the attack well, he passes the ball wonderfullyit’s hard to get him out of the paint, and his body allows him to finish plays by coming into contact with small forwards and centers.”
Banchero can do everything: he has ball control, he passes the ball wonderfully, it is difficult to get him out of the paint, and his body allows him to finish the plays by coming into contact with forwards and centers
For Jon Scheyer, Duke It has always been his home. He played there in all four of his college years and won the title of NCAA champion in 2010. From there he went on to play in the NBA summer leagues, but an unfortunate hit in a match severely damaged the vision in one eye. After briefly going through the D-League, he landed at the Maccabi in Tel Aviv for a season. From Israel He made the leap to Spain, and played for CB Canarias in the 2012-13 season.
Scheyer does not forget Spain, where he coincided with Tavares
“I have so many special memories from that time in Spain,” Scheyer tells us. “I learned a lot about basketball; Pedro Martínez is a coach of the highest level. Playing in the ACB against some of the best players in the world was special. It was a great experience because of what I learned and because of the high level of competition,” he says.
I am very grateful to teammates like Javi Beiran, Brad Newley, and Edy Tavares, who is doing great things at Real Madrid and I am very proud of how far he has come.
Despite the time that has passed, Scheyer claims to be “very grateful to teammates like Javi Beiran, Brad Newley, and Edy Tavares, who is doing great things at Real Madrid and I am very proud of how far he has come“.
Scheyer reiterates his appreciation “Of the time I spent in Gran Canaria, of the friendships I made and that I maintain to this day”. Likewise, Scheyer is convinced that “my visit to Gran Canaria has had an impact on my coaching career And it will continue to be so with the lessons I learned there.