Grandson of Duke's Coach K Arrested on DUI Charge Along With Top NBA Draft Prospect

Two high-profile Duke basketball players were arrested for impaired driving.

Michael Savarino was driving the car owned by teammate Paolo Banchero when the two were pulled over on November 14. According to court documents, Savarino admitted to taking "several shots" before driving and had a blood alcohol content of 0.08. He was charged with driving while impaired and driving after consuming under the age of 21. Savarino is the 20-year-old grandson of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Banchero was also charged for aiding and abetting impaired driving. This charge can be brought forward in North Carolina, according to the Associated Press, "when a person knowingly turns over a vehicle to someone who is impaired or fails to prevent an impaired person from getting behind the wheel."

Savarino had his license temporarily revoked and is expected to appear in court on December 9, with Banchero being expected to appear a day earlier. Krzyzewski and the Duke University Athletics Department released a statement to the local news outlet The News & Observer.

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

Sergeant Christopher Knox also told the newspaper that the officer noticed a strong scent of alcohol once he stopped the pair. He also said that Savarino had "red glassy eyes," according to the officer. He was released into the custody of Grayson Sherr, a Duke team manager. The arrest report does not say who Banchero was released into the custody of.

The status of the two players in the upcoming game against Gardner-Webb, which will begin at 7 p.m. EST on November 16, is unknown.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

Michael Savarino
Michael Savarino, grandson of former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, was arrested for impaired driving on November 14. Savarino drives past Trevor Keels during Countdown To Craziness at Cameron Indoor Stadium on October 15 in Durham, North Carolina. Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

Savarino was pulled over for a stop sign violation in rural Orange County just after 1 a.m. Sunday, said Knox, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol spokesman.

A driver is considered impaired with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08. He was released under a written promise to appear in court on December 9.

Banchero was riding in the back seat.

The 19-year-old freshman was one of last year's most coveted recruits and is expected to be picked early in next spring's NBA draft.

Newsweek previously reported in August that Duke's pre-season basketball camp was hit with a Legionella infection that began to spread around the university. No student-athletes were affected by the outbreak.

Paolo Banchero
Duke's Paolo Banchero was arrested for impaired driving on November 14. Banchero, right, is defended by Army's Nolan Naess during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, North Carolina, on November 2. AP Photo/Ben McKeown