Top-5 recruit Paolo Banchero lists Gonzaga in final list of 6 schools
SPOKANE, Wash. – One of the best five high school basketball prospects in the nation grew up just hours away from Spokane.
Paolo Banchero played power forward for O’Dea in Seattle, and just narrowed his list of schools down to six, and Gonzaga is one of them. This follows a visit to the Kennel this past season, where Banchero received the typical warm welcome from the Kennel Club, “We want Paolo.”
On Wednesday, he tweeted his final six schools. He explained his reasoning to 247sports.com:
“These are the main six that I want to move forward with and can see myself at any six of these schools,” Banchero told 247Sports. “I just wanted to focus in on these six and not waste the other schools times. They got other players to recruit and use resources on so wanted to cut down to these six.”
When it comes to Gonzaga, he had this to say to 247sports.com:
“Coach Few, coach (Brian Michaelson) they were probably right behind Washington as schools to start recruiting me the earliest. They have been recruiting me since the start of my freshman year, like barely even a freshman. Their player development is undeniable, they develop pros especially bigs. They play through their bigs and they are very adamant about that and they make sure to remind me of that. When I went on my visit, there is no football there or any other big sport there, it’s all basketball. Every game is sold out. It’s in Spokane, a college town, it’s close to home, not necessarily home but it’s close, only four hours driving. They have just been good every year. It’s another school that I can go to and have a shot at a national championship.”
This news comes a few weeks after Jalen Suggs, another top-five recruit (guard) sent his signed National Letter of Intent to play at Gonzaga next season, but he still has the freedom to play professionally overseas or in the NBA G-League.