Coach K’s grandson, Banchero face DWI charges

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Duke guard Michael Savarino, grandson of coach Mike Krzyzewski, and star freshman Paolo Banchero face DWI-related charges after Savarino’s arrest early Sunday morning.

According to court records obtained by The (Raleigh) News & Observer, Savarino, 20, was arrested on DWI charges and Banchero, 19, was charged with aiding and abetting DWI.

Savarino was pulled over early Sunday morning after a stop sign violation, and an ensuing breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.08. That’s the legal limit in North Carolina. He is also accused of failure to yield at a stop sign and driving after consuming. His license was revoked for 30 days, as is standard under North Carolina law. He was taken into custody without incident, a police spokesman told WTVD television.

Banchero was charged with aiding and abetting DWI and was cited and released.

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

Savarino’s court date is Dec. 9, according to the newspaper; Banchero’s is Dec. 8.

No. 7 Duke hosts Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night; the status of the two players has not been announced.

Banchero is a potential No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA draft and is averaging 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds through three games. Savarino is a former walk-on who was put on scholarship last summer. His mother is Krzyzewski’s oldest daughter. She is an assistant athletics director at Duke.

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