- Athletic and explosive
- Improving 3 stroke
- Capable defender
- Can play some point
- Doesn’t have ideal two-guard size
- Decision-making needs to get sharper
Most draft analysts believe Paul is a second-round pick. He’s got NBA explosiveness and he was well coached in college by two coaches who stressed the importance of defense, a blue-collar chore he willingly performs. If Paul’s perimeter game continues to be more reliable and the rest of his game, including his decision-making, becomes more consistent, he’s got a chance to help an NBA team.
Paul led Illinois back to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence. He was a third-team All-Big Ten pick and won the MVP award at the Maul Invitational after leading the Illini to the championship. His most impressive outing of the season came in a road win at Gonzaga, when he scored 35 points, and he also made a 15-footer at the buzzer to knocked out Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.
16.6 ppg | 4.4 rpg | 2.7 apg | 2.6 tpg | 1.2 spg | 32.0 mpg | .459 FG | .325 3PT | .738 FT
Paul is just the second player in history to record at least 1,600 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals in his career.
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What Insiders Say
Illinois coach John Groce
“He's one of the best guards in the country, one of the best players in the country.”
What Outsiders Say
Colorado coach Tad Boyle
“He can put the ball on the floor. He can shoot the ball from deep. And they run a lot of screens for him. You’ve got to be there on his catch and understand that he's a big shot taker and he's a big shot maker.”