Name: Brandon Paul
Position: Shooting Guard
Latest Stats: 16.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg
Brandon Paul briefly flirted with the thought of going pro a year ago, but the 6-foot-4 shooting guard ultimately made the decision to return for his senior season. Paul had a terrific senior season, averaging a career-high 16.6 points as Illinois picked up their first NCAA Tournament win since 2006.
Paul can light up it up from the outside and at times, he has shown the downright ability to simply take over a game — just ask Ohio State. Paul is not hesitant one bit in terms of launching shots either, attempting nearly seven three pointers per game this past season. Paul has the tools to make an NBA roster next season and he should hear his name called within the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Strengths: Paul’s best attribute is his shooting ability. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard can catch, shoot and light it up at times when he is on. Paul averaged 16 points per game this past season, but he went over 20 on 11 different occasions. Paul has the tools on both ends of the floor to create a solid NBA career for himself, similar to the likes of Jodie Meeks.
Weaknesses: Paul has the ability to score, but his efficiency numbers are not the greatest. Paul could be a scorer in the NBA someday, just as he was at Illinois, but he will need to improve on his shot selection and efficiency in order to accomplish that feat. Paul needs to improve his work ethic — but consistency will be the biggest key to his NBA future.
Draft Projection: Mid-to-Late Second Round
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