The attacker seemed to shine under the intense pressure of the draft, donned a purple suit and struggled to contain his excitement.
“This isn’t even a dream. I feel like this is a fantasy. I dreamed of playing in the NBA, but being No. 1 overall, this is insane,” Banchero told reporters, while he sat next to his mother.
“I don’t even know what to say. Honestly, I can’t believe what just happened. I wanted to play in the NBA, but I didn’t know I’d be here.”
Banchero says he plans to bring “everything” he has to Orlando Magic, who struggled last season with a 22-60 record.
“First, just a winning mentality, a work-first mentality,” he added. “Just ready to get in the guys and get to work. This is one of the best moments of my life. I’m super excited.”
Fashion and healthy moments
Chet Holmgren was the overall draft’s second pick, heading to Oklahoma City Thunder.
The big man, who is more than six feet and nine inches tall, said he wanted to use his natural abilities to help his new team.
“I can use my height and my speed to cover a lot of ground and take up space,” he told reporters.
However, the Thunder’s next drill can be a bit confusing as the franchise also chooses both Jalen Williams and Jaylin Williams (unrelated) in the same draft.
There was a lot of fun to be had at the draft that took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Players were not shy with their clothing choices with a range of outfits covering the full spectrum of fashion.
There was also a heartwarming moment when Jaden Ivey was overcome with emotion after being picked fifth overall by the Detroit Pistons.
He becomes the last member of his family to be called up to professional basketball with his mother, Notre Dame women’s head coach Niele Ivey, who previously played for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock.
“This is all man, I’ve worked day in and day out to get to this level and I know I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her and I’m just so happy, I’m just so happy.” said Jalen of his selection.
Niele, meanwhile, barely had words: “I’m almost speechless, you know, this is his dream come true, to be in Detroit, we have so many great roots in Detroit, you know he’s able to walk on that stage, so I’m so happy, so happy for him, so I take it all in, let it all come to me.”