Eric
Paschall
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 254 lbs
School/Club: Villanova
Status: Senior
Birthday: 11/04/1996

About Eric Paschall

Eric Paschall is a strong, athletic forward with impressive explosiveness and battle-tested versatility.  A consensus top-150 prospect coming out of St. Thomas More School in 2014, Paschall averaged an impressive 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game at Fordham before transferring to Villanova.  Carving out a significant role in Jay Wright’s rotation after his transfer year, the Dobbs Ferry native steadily grew into one of the team’s most valuable contributors averaging 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Wildcat’s 2018 National Championship team and 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior to earn All-Big East 1st Team honors.

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  • Possesses solid size for a forward measured at 6.7.25 in shoes to go along with a 6’11.75 wingspan at the Draft Combine, but has a powerful 254-pound frame and a promising combination of toughness and explosiveness for his build.
     
  • Played a key role for Villanova following the program’s heavy attrition to the NBA following the 2018 season.  Provided valuable floor spacing, versatility, and physicality from the power forward and center spots, but also regularly served as the team’s go-to scorer in spots creating his own shot from the perimeter. 

Defensive Analysis

  • Very capable, intense defender.  Gets low and works hard  giving him some versatility even if he isn’t overly quick on the perimeter or imposing as a rim protector.  Communicates well and has strong fundamentals.
     
  • Allowed0.656 points per Isolation possession[68th percentile] despite regularly switching onto guards. 

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 All-Big East First Team selection.
  • Named to 2019 Big East All-tournament Team.
  • Played his Freshman season at Fordham before transferring to Villanova. Sat out the 2015-16 season under NCAA transfer rule.
  • 2014-15 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. 

Senior (2018-19)

  • Ranked second on the team in scoring (16.5 ppg) and first in rebounding (6.1 rpg).
  • Ranked second in the Big East in minutes (36.1 mpg).
  • Shot 44.7 from the field and 34.8 percent from three-point range.
  • Scored 19 points against Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds against Providence in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. 

Strengths

  • Impressive combination of power and coordination.
  • Plays with tremendous intensity and physicality.
  • Has improved considerably as a three-point shooter.
  • Versatilile defender with ability to switch onto smaller players. 

Personal

  • As a Junior at Dobbs Ferry HS, became one of four Juniors to win the county Player of the Year award, a list that includes former NBA standouts Elton Brand and Ben Gordon.
  • Close friends with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell from their days playing youth sports together. 

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