Banchero Goes No. 1; Record Five Blue Devils Drafted

Duke men's basketball enjoyed a record-setting night at the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on Thursday as five Blue Devils heard their names called, headlined by the overall No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero to the Orlando Magic.

The Blue Devils' program-record five draftees also included Mark Williams at No. 15 overall by the Charlotte Hornets, AJ Griffin at No. 16 by the Atlanta Hawks, Wendell Moore Jr., at No. 26 by the Dallas Mavericks and Trevor Keels at No. 42 by the New York Knicks.

Duke's four first-rounders matched a program record for a single draft set in 1999.

No other ACC team has produced five or more selections in a single draft since the draft went to just two rounds in 1989.

Banchero is the fifth Blue Devil to be drafted with the first pick as Duke extends its lead with the most No. 1 selections by a college program all-time. The Seattle, Wash., native joins Art Heyman in 1963, Elton Brand in 1999, Kyrie Irving in 2011 and Zion Williamson in 2019 as the Blue Devils to be drafted first overall

He becomes the 10th top-two pick in Duke history, the 17th Blue Devil to be selected in the top three, the 19th in the top five and 27th in the top 10. Duke has produced a top-three selection in seven of the last nine NBA Drafts.