The NIL deal is not Banchero’s first. The Duke star also made history by becoming the first active college basketball player to be featured on NBA 2K. Banchero had already snagged a deal with 2K Sports back in September 2021 and was told he would eventually score a slot in the playable game, according to CBS Sports. The rest is history as he made it onto NBA 2K22.
Fans will find Banchero in the “Season 5: Power Within” game mode, where players will be inspired to reach legend status.
“Become the hero the City and the Cancha Del Mar deserve, and reach your full potential as a Legend,” according to a statement on the NBA 2K22 website. “Gain inspiration from two-time champion Kevin Durant, 2019 first-round pick Rui Hachimura, and if the prophecy is true, future NBA superstar Paolo Banchero.”