The striker seemed to shine under the pressure of heavy drag, wearing a purple suit and struggling to contain his excitement.
“This is not a dream. I feel like this is a fantasy. I dreamed of being in the NBA, but being the first choice overall, that’s crazy,” Banchero told reporters, sitting next to his mother.
“I don’t even know what to say. I can’t believe what just happened, honestly. I wanted to be in the NBA, but I didn’t know I’d be here.”
Banchero says he plans to bring “everything” he has to the Orlando Magic, who struggled last season with a record 22-60.
“First, just a winning mindset, the work-first mindset,” he added. “Just ready to get in with the guys and go to work. This is one of the best moments of my life. I’m so excited.”
Fashion and useful moments
Chet Holmgren was the second draft pick, heading to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The huge man, who stands six feet nine inches tall, said he wanted to use his natural traits to help his new team.
“I can use my height and speed to cover a lot of ground and take up space,” he told reporters.
Thunder’s next exercise can be a bit confusing, with the franchise also picking Jalen Williams and Jaylin Williams (unrelated) in the same draft.
There was a lot of fun in the draft that took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Players did not shy away from their wardrobe choices with a selection of outfits covering the entire spectrum of outfits on display.
There was also a warm moment when Jaden Ivey was overcome with emotion after his fifth pick overall by the Detroit Pistons.
He became the latest member of his family to be recruited into professional basketball with his mother, Notre Dame women’s coach Nellie Ivey, having previously played for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock.
“That’s it man, I’ve worked day in and day out just to get to this level knowing I wouldn’t be here without her and I’m so happy, so happy,” Galen said of his choice.
Meanwhile, Neil hardly had words at the moment: “I’m almost speechless, you know, this is his dream come true, to be in Detroit, we have so many amazing roots in Detroit, you know for him to be able to walk on That platform so I’m very happy, very happy for it so I just take it all in, and enjoy it all.”
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