NBA Rookie of The Year Paolo Banchero Chooses Team USA For 2023 World Cup

Photo: Instagram/Paolo Banchero

Paolo Banchero, the rising basketball star and NBA Rookie of the Year, has made a surprising decision regarding his international playing career.

Previously, Banchero had expressed his intention to represent Italy, thanks to his mother's Italian citizenship and possession of an Italian passport.

However, a recent development has revealed that the talented player has had a change of heart, opting to commit to playing for the USA at the upcoming 2023 World Cup. This unexpected decision was first reported by reputable sources, Shams Charania and Joe Varden of The Athletic.

Photo: Instagram/Paolo Banchero

Banchero's decision to switch allegiances is seen as a significant coup for the United States. With his exceptional skills as a versatile forward who can handle the ball and create scoring opportunities, Banchero is expected to thrive in the international style of play.

Coach Steve Kerr, who will lead the USA team, will be counting on Banchero to improve his three-point shooting, as his previous season's percentage of 29.8% for the Orlando team was less than stellar.

The young basketball prodigy possesses an impressive ability to attack the rim and finish plays effectively, particularly in fast-break situations. Kerr has expressed his desire for the team to capitalize on their speed and run extensively throughout the tournament.

With Banchero's athleticism and skill set, the USA team hopes to have a formidable edge in transition plays. With this latest development, the composition of the USA roster for the upcoming World Cup is nearly complete.

While one spot remains to be filled, the inclusion of Paolo Banchero adds a promising dynamic to the team. His decision to represent the United States signifies a new chapter in his career and raises anticipation for his performance on the international stage.

Basketball enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the thrilling matchups and exciting plays that Banchero and the USA team will bring to the 2023 World Cup.

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Source: NBC Sports

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