Versatility: He’s a guard in a big-man’s body. Like Anthony Davis, Banchero developed as a small guard and grew a ton in high school. This has allowed him to be able to post-up, but also play on the wing.
Post-Game: Because of his handles and quickness, Paolo is great at beating bigger defenders with speed, but will also out-muscle smaller defenders in the post. He’s a big-time match up problem.
Defensive Ability- Because of that mix of size, strength, and quickness, Paolo can guard nearly every position on the court. He is strong and long enough to defend in the post, and quick enough to guard smaller wings/guards. He is also a good help defender.
Low post finishing
Shooting Consistency: Banchero showed the ability to get hot from range, but only shot just over 30% from deep. Developing a consistent shot from outside will make him nearly unstoppable offensively.
Shot selection: Seems to get tunnel vision at times and rushes/forces shots instead of making plays.
Defensive Effort: Banchero struggles to stay locked-in defensively. He’ll lose his man, ball watch, and sometimes just flat-out stops on defense.
Paolo has a good combination of size, skill, and strength with the ability to handle the ball and play make for his teammates, shoot it from the perimeter and bang on the interior. He can defend multiple positions on the defensive end, primarily 3 - 5. He must sure up his shot selection and shooting percentages overall.
Consensus All-American Second Team (2022)
AP All-American Third Team (2022)
ACC Freshman of the Year (2022)
ACC All-First Team (2022)
ACC All-Freshman Team (2022)
ACC All-Tournament First Team (2022)
McDonald's All-American (2021)
Jordan Brand Classic (2021)
Nike Hoop Summit (2021)
NBPA Top 100 - Lynchburg, VA - 2019
Big body combo forward that has great vision likes to rebound and push in transition.
USA Basketball Mini Camp - Colorado Springs, CO - 7/26-28/2019
Verticle player can play 1-4 and defend 1-5. Is really good with the ball in his hands. Finding open teammates on back cuts and in transition. Has great vision!
Pangos All-American Festival 4 - Phoenix, AZ - 11/7-8/2020
Paolo was as advertised being one of the best players in the country, he was defended well but was persistent at attacking the hoop, he has great size and strength, good handles with both hands, can shoot the ball from mid-range and deep very well, finishes well with both hands around the hoop, offensively he was not as effective with the D focusing on him, good defender overall showed passing abilities that were great for his size, made some impressive dunks, ran in transition well, didn't hustle back on D always, moves his feet well on offense and D, likes to shoot 3's, is very persistent with getting to the hoop even when his shot isn't falling, had a really nice hezzy mid-range pullup in his package.
Iverson Classic 2021- Bartlett - TN - 5/7/2021
Avoids defender in transition for an easy dunk in the lane. Uses pro hop to get past the awaiting defender for an easy two-hand dunk. L to R cross for a long jumper at the top of the key. Sheds defenders with ease for an easy layup at the rim.
Volume Shooting Analytics:
Some have concerns about Banchero's three point shooting ability. However, his data, which is significant enough to make such projections, suggests that he has real volume shooting potential. He ranks 8th in the class among eligible players, and is projected to shoot above 40% from 3 at volume.
This data was created by AJ Wahl by ploting each game of a player's most recent season. The x-axis represents the amount of threes taken per minute, in order to normalize for minutes played. The y-axis is simply the player's three point percentage in that particular game. The line represents the trend between a player's three point volume, and their success. A upward slope means that a player gains efficiency as they shoot more often, and a downward slope means that a player loses efficiency the more shots they take. Note that 0.2 3PA/36 is roughly 7 3s, and 0.3 translates to 11 3s. Only players with an R^2 value above .04 were analyzed, to ensure that each player has at least some correlation between their attempts and their frequency.
Defensive Versatility Analytics:
Paolo, classified as a big defensively, was in the 71st percentile when defending out of position. He allowed just 33% from 3, and succeeded when switching. He was also likely assisted by the presence of Mark Williams as a rim protector.
This data was hand-tracked by AJ Wahl and Bryon Cook. Every single defensive possesion of each player's season was analyzed. This dataset includes all possessions when the defender is guarding on-ball, in man-to-man, and against a player not within their position group who shoots the ball, is fouled, or commits a turnover. The percentile listed above is a players standing compared to their postion group calculated by compliling and weighing various different metrics derrived from the hand-tracked data. This data only measures a portion of a player's impact, but it is clear that the ability to defend out of one's position group is a vital skill to contributing to winning basketball at the professional level.