Italian Basketball Federation president Gianni Petrucci said that they are in talks with FIBA to have Paolo Banchero to be counted as local (Italian) player and not as naturalized player.
“We are pushing with FIBA to have him as local player” Petrucci told Tuttosport. “We have been unlucky because we had a meeting in Italian Consulate (but it has been postponed due to coronavirus outbreak). “He becomes Italian, so he is Italian from birth, it doesn’t matter that we ask FIBA after he turned 17” Petrucci added. “About DiVincenzo we are a bit far but with the work of GM Salvatore Trainotti we’ll obtain his Italian passport”.