Paolo Banchero tells wholesome story after cutting down the nets in San Francisco
Duke star forward Paolo Banchero always hoped he’d get a chance to cut down the nets — just like his mom did.
He got that opportunity on Saturday night in San Francisco, shortly after Duke’s 78-69 win over Arkansas in the Elite Eight. The Blue Devils were crowned West champions and Banchero was named MVP of the regional.
After he finished cutting his portion of the net, Banchero swung it around and looked toward family in the crowd. Here’s a clip:
Paolo Banchero cutting his portion of the net. pic.twitter.com/S8D4qRGMOk
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As Banchero explains, it was an ode to his mom’s celebration after she won a state title as a coach.
“My mom won a state championship as a coach, and she got to go up on the ladder and cut the net, and I remember her swinging the net around and I always wanted do that,” Banchero told reporters on Saturday night. “Then I won state in high school, and they lowered the hoop to cut the net. They didn’t bring the ladder, and so it kind of ruined the moment a little bit. So when I got the ladder, I made sure I looked up and there tell my mom, make sure you get this on video and get a picture.”
Banchero finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in Duke’s win over Arkansas. He also made 7-of-8 attempts from the free throw line.
Duke will face either North Carolina or Saint Peter’s in the Final Four on Saturday.