Paolo Banchero is a very special player and is coveted by a lot on schools. Today all of those schools but six will have to move on. As Paolo announced today that via Twitter he is down to six final schools. The graphic in the tweet included jerseys hanging from six behind a digital image of himself. The schools included were Kentucky, Washington, Gonzaga, Arizona, Tennessee, and Duke.
Banchero is currently ranked as the # 2 overall in the 2021 class by the rivals recruiting site. Banchero has two future cast submitted by the Rivals analyst and both are currently predicting Kentucky. On the flip side Banchero has 54% of the fan future cast predicting Tennessee.
Banchero has also been pursued to be a 2020 reclassification candidate but Banchero has been reported to be very persistent on that he is staying in the 2021 class. Although you may think "we hear this from recruits all the time and then they still do" this is true but I don't see this being the case here. As Kentucky has spoken too him multiple times about the situation trying to fill a 2020 void in the front court.
There is no heavy indication of where Banchero may end up but who ever gets him is getting an extremely athletic forward who has fantastic touch around the rim.
Side note: Banchero has reportedly said he wants to play with 2021 5 Star guard Kennedy Chandler. Most expect Chandler to end up at Tennessee if Kim English stays off the stays on the staff at Tennessee and doesn't take a head coaching job.
(As Travis Graf and Dylan Saylor spoke of a few weeks ago on the Dylan and Dylan Sports Podcast)
The list is very cookie cutter and doesn't hold many surprises. It does let us know who is in the mix as we get closer to a decision for the extremely talented forward.