Basketball Wiretap

Paolo Banchero Commits To Italian National Team

Oct 17, 2019 1:26 AM

Paolo Banchero has committed to play for the Italian National Team, sources told Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.

Banchero, a five-star prospect out of Seattle, is drawing recruiting interest from the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Gonzaga. He is currently the No. 3 prospect in the ESPN Top 60 for the class of 2021. 

Banchero was eligible for Italy through his great-grandparents.

Emiliano Carchia/Sportando

Tags: Paolo Banchero, National, National B-Ball IQ

2019 FIBA World Cup Records TV Audience Reach Of Over 3 Billion People

Oct 3, 2019 2:45 AM

The 2019 FIBA World Cup broke a record with a TV audience reach of over three billion people.

The tournament also generated over 1.5 billion views on social media.

"The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 has been the World Cup of a new era and of new records. On the court, players set new standards and off the court we saw our largest ever audience reach on TV and social media. These record statistics are more than just numbers, they tell the human story of how globally-loved basketball is," said FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis.

Over 800,000 fans attended 92 games during the tournament.

The final between Argentina and Spain had a worldwide TV reach of 160 million people. 


Tags: National, National World Championships

James Harden Says He Wants To Represent Team USA In 2020 Olympics

Sep 28, 2019 2:10 AM

James Harden stated his intention to play for Team USA during the 2020 Olympics, saying that "it's one of my goals to play for this beautiful country."

Harden withdrew his name for the FIBA World Cup in which Team USA finished seventh.

Harden joins a group of NBA players who have committed to the Olympics, including Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson. 

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: James Harden, National, National Olympics