NBA Draft

Banchero unaware he would be No. 1 pick

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The secret about how Orlando was going to take Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft was incredibly well-kept.

Among those who didn't know: Banchero himself.

Banchero said even he was kept out of the Magic decision loop until about 30 seconds before NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took the draft stage to announce his name for the basketball world to hear. Mike Miller, Banchero's agent, leaned over and broke the news by simply saying "Congratulations."


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