Duke forward Paolo Banchero spoke publicly for the first time since being cited for aiding and abetting DWI following the 107-81 win over The Citadel on Tuesday. The freshman is the Blue Devils' leading scorer and projected No. 1 overall pick in next year's NBA Draft.
Banchero said he's "been alright" and that his teammates have had his back so it "wasn't too hard" on him. "Not gonna say it wasn’t on my mind the last two games — it was — and I feel like today was a bounce-back game for me, and I felt good out there."
When asked if he had any regrets, Banchero said no.
Banchero and Michael Savarino, coach Mike Krzyzewski's grandson, are facing charges related to driving while impaired following an arrest early on the morning of Nov. 14, The Athletic confirmed on Nov. 17. According to The News & Observer, which cited court records, Savarino was arrested around 1:10 a.m. that Sunday in Orange County, adjacent to Durham County where Duke is located. He was cited for DWI and underage DWI, while Banchero was cited for aiding and abetting.