Duke basketball star Paolo Banchero is arrested on aiding and abetting DWI charge


Duke basketball star and NBA prospect Paolo Banchero is arrested on aiding and abetting DWI charge after ‘letting drunk teammate Michael Savarino – the grandson of coach Mike Krzyzewski – drive his Jeep’

  • Two prominent Duke basketball teammates are facing charges stemming from a drunk-driving arrest: Freshman Paulo Banchero and junior Michael Savarino
  • Savarino was pulled over for a stop sign violation and a subsequent breathalyzer test found that his blood-alcohol content was just over the legal limit 
  • Banchero, who was in the back seat, was charged with aiding and abetting DWI because he allegedly knew Savarino was drunk when he gave him his keys 
  • Banchero, 19, is expected to be among the top picks in next June’s NBA Draft
  • The 20-year-old Savarino is the grandson of Duke’s Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski and his mother, Debbie, is the school’s assistant director of athletics
  • It is unclear if the teammates will play against Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night 










Two prominent Duke basketball teammates are facing charges stemming from a drunk-driving arrest outside of Durham, North Carolina early Sunday morning: NBA prospect Paulo Banchero and Michael Savarino, the grandson of Blue Devils head coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

Savarino, the driver, has been charged with DWI while Banchero was booked for aiding and abetting DWI, which can be charged to anyone who knowingly turns over their vehicle to an impaired driver.

‘We are reviewing a legal matter involving two members of the men’s basketball team,’ Krzyzewski said in a statement to the Raleigh News & Observer. ‘Any further actions as a result of this situation will ultimately be determined by the Vice President/Director of Athletics and University officials.’

Michael Savarino (pictured), the grandson of Blue Devils head coach, Mike Krzyzewski

Two prominent Duke basketball teammates are facing charges stemming from a drunk-driving arrest outside of Durham, North Carolina early Sunday morning: NBA prospect Paulo Banchero (left) and Michael Savarino (right), the grandson of Blue Devils head coach, Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski, 74, is in his final season with the Blue Devils after announcing his retirement last spring. His 1,170 wins are the most ever by a Division I men's basketball coach, and Krzyzewski's teams have won a total of five NCAA titles and 15 ACC crowns

Mike Krzyzewski, 74, is in his final season with the Blue Devils after announcing his retirement last spring. His 1,170 wins are the most ever by a Division I men’s basketball coach, and Krzyzewski’s teams have won a total of five NCAA titles and 15 ACC crowns

Banchero, 19, will be in court on December 8, while Savarino, 20, has a court appearance scheduled the following day.

According to the News & Observer, Savarino was pulled over for a stop sign violation while driving a 2017 Jeep SUV registered to Banchero, who was seated in the back. A breathalyzer test showed Savarino had a blood-alcohol content of 0.08, which is just over the legal limit. 

Savarino (6-foot-0, 182 pounds) played four minutes in Duke's win over Army, his grandfather's alma mater. His mother Debbie (pictured), Krzyzewski's daughter, is an assistant director of athletics at Duke

Savarino (6-foot-0, 182 pounds) played four minutes in Duke’s win over Army, his grandfather’s alma mater. His mother Debbie (pictured), Krzyzewski’s daughter, is an assistant director of athletics at Duke

Savarino was also charged with consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and for the stop sign violation.

It is unclear if the pair will play against Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night.

Banchero (6-foot-10, 250 pounds) is expected to be among the top picks in next June’s NBA Draft. He’s averaged 19.3 points a game in three starts as a freshman.

Savarino (6-foot-0, 182 pounds) played four minutes in Duke’s win over Army, his grandfather’s alma mater. His mother Debbie, Krzyzewski’s daughter, is an assistant director of athletics at Duke.

Krzyzewski, 74, is in his final season with the Blue Devils after announcing his retirement last spring. His 1,170 wins are the most ever by a Division I men’s basketball coach, and Krzyzewski’s teams have won a total of five NCAA titles and 15 ACC crowns. 

Banchero (6-foot-10, 250 pounds) is expected to be among the top picks in next June's NBA Draft. He's averaged 19.3 points a game in three starts as a freshman

Banchero (6-foot-10, 250 pounds) is expected to be among the top picks in next June’s NBA Draft. He’s averaged 19.3 points a game in three starts as a freshman