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Arizona holds virtual visit with 5-star forward Paolo Banchero

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The Arizona Wildcats are hosting a virtual visit with five-star forward Paolo Banchero on Tuesday, he told Jake Weingarten of StockRisers.com.

The Seattle native is the No. 4 player in the 2021 class, per 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-8 forward announced his final six back in April, and Arizona was included along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Washington.

All eight Crystal Ball selections have him choosing Washington. The Wildcats offered Banchero in April and immediately made Banchero rethink his recruitment, possibly because of the impending hire of fellow Seattle native Jason Terry who is expected to become Arizona’s new assistant coach.

Here is what Banchero’s 247Sports scouting report says:

“Respectable size for post with decent length, wide shoulders and a very good frame. Strong for his age but has plenty of room to grow into frame. Shouldn’t have issues increasing strength. Best from high post where he can hit jumpers, take bigger defenders off dribble or use his outstanding vision to find cutters. Terrific rebounder. Uses his size and basketball IQ to protect rim. Should be able to play both the four and five at college level. Improving efficiency from perimeter would take game to next level and greatly impact his NBA upside. Projects as a high level performer at high major level. Has first-round upside with continued development.”