Prospect Profile 2010: Paul George
College: Fresno St. | Birthday: 5/2/90 | NBA Position: Small Forward | Class: Sophomore | Ht: 6-9 | Wt: 214
Career Highlights: Named to the 2009-10 All-WAC Second Team. Tied for 24th in the nation in steals per game (2.21). Ranked as one of the top 15 freshman scorers in Division I in 2008-09. One of 18 invited to attend USA Basketball’s 2009 U19 World Championship Team Training Camp and compete for a spot on their 12-man roster following his freshman year.
Sophomore (2009-10): The Bulldogs' top scorer (16.6 ppg), rebounder (7.1 rpg), ball thief (2.2 spg) and free throw shooter (.906). A second team All-WAC selection. Recorded a season-high 30 points and seven rebounds vs. New Mexico State, going 9-of-9 from the line. Totaled 29 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks at Pepperdine. Tallied 28 points, 10 rebounds and three steals at Montana. In both performances, converted 6-of-10 three-pointers. Contributed 29 points, seven rebounds and three steals vs. San Jose State, shooting 12-of-19 from the field. Hit 15-of-17 free throws en route to 26 points and nine rebounds at Nevada. Totaled 24 points and 10 rebounds vs. Seattle. Registered 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals vs. Hawaii.
Freshman (2008-09): Averaged 14.3 points, a team-high 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and a team-high 1.7 steals per game. Ranked as one of the top 15 freshmen scorers in the NCAA. Recorded the third-best season three-point field goal percentage (.446) in Bulldog history. Led team with six double-doubles. Paced the WAC in minutes played (1176) and finished second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.447) and steals per game (1.74), seventh in rebounds (212), ninth in scoring per game (14.3) and 10th in blocks per game (1.0) . Scored a season-high 29 points, drilling 9-of-11 field goal attempts vs. Boise State. Forced a season-high five steals in the Bulldogs' quarterfinal bout with the top-seeded Utah State Aggies in the 2009 WAC Tournament.
Strengths: Good leaper. Has prototypical small forward size and length. Possesses the potential to stretch the defense at the NBA level. Solid rebounder. Comes up with a lot of steals. Potentially an all-around contributor at the next level.
Personal: Older sisters Teiosha and Portala played for basketball at Pepperdine and volleyball for CSU San Bernardino, respectively.