Brandon Paul, SG, Illinois
A 6-foot-4 shooting guard with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, Paul, 22, was the leading scorer for the Illini last season (16.6 points per game). His long arms allow him to play bigger than his frame. He’s explosive and effective scorer with the ability to rebound his position, make perimeter jumpers and the athleticism to defend and get to the rim. Paul’s motor and consistency are questioned at times and he can be inefficient. He shot just 40.1 percent from the field last season, which was the highest field goal percentage of his four-year career in Champagne. He is also turnover prone, including a career-low 3.4 per game in 2011-12. Most mock drafts have Paul going towards the end of the second round or undrafted.
“Standing 6-foot-4 with long arms and a strong frame, Paul's combination of speed and explosiveness remain a big part of his NBA potential, just as they did early in his career,” Matt Kamalsky of Draft Express wrote. “He may be slightly undersized for a shooting guard, but he certainly has all the other physical tools common amongst two guards at the NBA level.”
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