Duke’s Banchero, Savarino face charges after DWI stop

Coach Mike Krzyzewski's grandson and the Blue Devils' top freshman were arrested

Duke's Paolo Banchero (5) reacts to a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Army in Durham, N.C., Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Two Duke basketball players reportedly face charges following a drunk-driving traffic stop over the weekend.

According to multiple media reports, redshirt sophomore guard Michael Savarino and freshman forward Paolo Banchero were both arrested early Sunday morning. The pair were pulled over near Hillsborough at around 1:00 a.m. early Sunday morning. Savarino, who was driving, registered a blood alcohol level of 0.08%.

Savarino, 20, was charged with driving while impaired and driving after consuming under age 21. He was also cited for failure to yield at a stop sign or flashing red light.

Banchero, 19, was charged with aiding and abetting impaired driving. The legal definition of that charge is that he knowingly encouraged someone to drive while impaired.

Banchero is expected to be a top pick in next year’s NBA Draft. He arrived as one of the top freshmen in the nation and has averaged 19.3 points in the first three games of the year. Savarino walked on to Duke in 2019 and is the grandson of coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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

Both players were released after being charged. Both have court dates in early December.