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Paolo Banchero Announces His Plans for International Competition

David Kaestle
Paolo Banchero talks about his interest to play for the Italian National Team.
Paolo Banchero talks about his interest to play for the Italian National Team. / Associated Press

Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero's career has gotten off to a fast start, already looking like he was worthy of the No. 1 overall selection. Averaging 22.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists, the Duke product looks like a star in the making.

Paolo Banchero Italian National Team

While his NBA career seems to be on the right track, Banchero is already thinking about his future in the international realm. Banchero recently told his teammate RJ Hampton during an appearance on his podcast that he hoped to play for the Italian National team someday.

While Banchero was raised in the Seattle area, he has Italian roots on his father's side and also obtained an Italian passport in the Summer of 2020. Although Banchero admits he's never even been to Italy, it is at the top of his list of places to visit next.

Banchero didn't rule out the possibility of playing for Team USA, but he did say he's never been a part of the Team USA program, even when he was younger.

Basically Banchero has options, Italy would surely welcome someone of his talents on their national team, but Banchero also qualifies to play for Team USA as well. Whichever path he takes, he better make sure he's happy with the decision, because once you decide to play for one country in international play or for the Olympics, you cannot play for any other country the rest of your career.

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