2019 NBA Draft Profile: 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.
- 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.
- Did much of his damage from the perimeter getting shots up in a variety of ways. First and foremost a set shooter whose mechanics allow him to rise up over defenders from beyond the arc. 39% of his shots in the half court were catch and shoot jump shots which he converted for an average 0.994 points per catch and shoot jump shot [48th percentile]. Did not get a lot of clean looks on the perimeter with team’s knowing what to expect from him at this point. 82% of his set shots were contested, but he got great elevation on his jumper showing marked improvement from the perimeter from his junior season.
- Can heat up from the perimeter off the dribble on his best nights. Got 24% of his possessions on Isolations and Pick & Rolls—among the highest marks among big men in the NCAA—using his quickness and floor game to attack traditional big men. Ran hot and cold pulling-up off the dribble, but proved a very effective finisher scoring 1.439 points per shot around the rim in the half court [94th percentile]. Opportunistic cutter and roll man who also finishes drives at a strong rate. Quite explosive for a player of his build. Converts some acrobatic shots in close with a head of steam. Picks and chooses his spots well as a penetrator.
- Does a lot of little things: showing good vision as a passer on the move, making timely plays on the glass, and showing potential as a shooter on the move in Pick & Pop or Off Screen situations.
- Ranked 5th in the Big East in Isolation scoring (1.8 ppg)
- 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.
- Allowed 0.656 points per Isolation possession [68th percentile] despite regularly switching onto guards.