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Eric Paschall Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Eric Paschall

Senior 6’8″ 255 Power Forward Villanova 22 Yrs. Old
16.5 ppg 6.1 rpg 2.1 apg FG: 44.7% 3 PT: 34.8%

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Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 6’11”

NBA Comparison: Paul Millsap/Anthony Tolliver

Strengths: Outside shooting, Strength, Experience 

Weaknesses: Speed/Quickness, Efficiency

After averaging 15.9 points per game as a freshman at Fordham, Paschall transferred to Villanova where he was apart of team success at the highest level, winning a national championship. With the increase in talent at Villanova versus Fordham it took a couple of years for Paschall to get back to his previous numbers but his senior season was productive at 16.5 points per game. While not a great shooter, he has the ability to come off of screens or create his own shot, leading to an outside jump shot. Paschall is one of those players who will not necessarily wow you at first look, but he does most things at a solid level. He is able to use his strength to bully smaller players, allowing him to score inside using a crafty skill set. As a potential stretch four at the next level, he fits what the NBA looks for in the power forwards of today. As an athlete, he is above average, especially considering his size. Paschall threw down some impressive dunks in his career and if he is coming down the lane on a fast break, there is always a threat to put someone on a poster.  

Due to his size he is not the quickest player on the floor, but given his frame he has adequate mobility when compared to similar players. His outside shooting, which will be a focal point of his usage as a pro can improve efficiency wise, however shooting the ball as a forward at around 35% percent in college is a solid base for a team to work with. Defensively he should be able to guard multiple positions when needed, although smaller and quicker players will give him some trouble. While one player is not solely responsible for a teams success, his experience playing on a national championship team, and being considered a leader on the 2018 team will be seen as a positive. His rebounding numbers could have been better with his 6’8″ size and strength, which is something that teams will want him to do a higher rate, but his numbers were above average at over 6 rebounds per game as a senior.

Here he is throwing down a big dunk:

This gives you an idea of his ability to knock down an outside shot:

Paschall is currently viewed as a second round pick, who could go early in the second round if he fits a team needd. His size, strength, and the ability to play as a stretch four is something that has NBA intrigued by his potential. His ceiling as a professional is a solid player that comes off of the bench and can put up points, while playing above average defense. His worst case scenario would be that he cannot score at an efficient enough level to receive significant minutes, causing him to not stick in the league and ending up overseas or in the G league. 

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