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Duke Basketball’s Banchero, the grandson of Coach Krzyzewski, is charged with DWI

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The recordings received by and the Raleigh News & Observer on Tuesday said that Savarino was arrested by the North Carolina Highway Patrol at 1:10 a.m. EST for DWI on Sunday. Savarino was also quoted for failing to give in at a stop sign / traffic light.

Nov 16 (News) – Duke basketball players Michael Savarino and Paolo Banchero are facing DWI-related charges based on a recent incident near Hillsborough, NC, according to court records. The school said it would look into the matter.

Banchero is charged with aiding and abetting the DWI. Banchero and Savarino are due to appear in court on December 8th and 9th, respectively.

Her status is uncertain for the Blue Devils game against Gardner-Webb on Tuesday in Durham, NC

North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Knox confirmed to News Tuesday that Savarino was stopped at a traffic stop early Sunday.

Knox said an official believed Savarino was showing signs of impairment and performed an alcohol test. Savarino registered a .08 on the test, was jailed, and released with a written promise to appear in court.

Banchero, a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle, was also released but not arrested.

In North Carolina, it is illegal to drive a vehicle while it is noticeably impaired or has an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater.

Savarino, 20, is the grandson of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Banchero, 19, is a predicted top pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

The incident came just hours after Duke defeated Campbell in Durham on Saturday night.

“We are looking into a legal matter involving two members of the men’s basketball team,” Krzyzewski said in a statement from Duke Athletics.

“Any further action as a result of this situation will ultimately be determined by the Vice President / Director of Athletics and university officials.”

The Blue Devils (3-0) will welcome Gardner-Webb (0-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Banchero, a 6-foot-10 freshman from Seattle, averages a team high of 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Savarino, a 6-foot junior from Durham, did not score in his only appearance this season. In the 2020/21 season he scored a point in two games.

Savarino is the son of Krzyzewski’s eldest daughter Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino. She is the assistant sports director at Duke.

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