Brandon Paul

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Brandon Paul
Brandon Paul.png
Paul playing for Illinois in January 2012
No. 33 – Anadolu Efes
Position Shooting guard
League Turkish Basketball Super League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1991-04-30) April 30, 1991 (age 26)
Gurnee, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Warren (Gurnee, Illinois)
College Illinois (2009–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013–2014 Nizhny Novgorod
2014–2015 Canton Charge
2015–2016 FIATC Joventut
2016–present Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards

Brandon Paul (born April 30, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). He played college basketball for the University of Illinois. During his senior year of high school, he was awarded the title of 2009 Illinois Mr. Basketball.[1] Paul attended Warren Township High School before choosing to play collegiate basketball at Illinois.[2]

High school career[edit]

Brandon played for Warren Township High School coached by Chuck Ramsey. In high school, Paul was named a member of the 2009 Illinois All-American Team as selected by the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, News-Gazette, and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Brandon Paul
SG
Gurnee, IL Warren Township High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 11, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #15 (SG)   Rivals: #10 (SG)  ESPN: #87 (overall)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

Freshman[edit]

Entering the University of Illinois during the 2009–10 season, Paul quickly became a key contributor, as he averaged 7.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 18.9 minutes per game.

Paul drives against John Shurna (1-23-2010)

Sophomore[edit]

Playing in all 34 games for the 2010–11 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team, Paul averaged 22.4 minutes of playing time and continued as a key contributor. He averaged 9.0 points per game and reached double-figured in 13 games. Paul led his team in steals, averaging 1.1 per game, and was second in assists, averaging 2.1 per game.[2] On February 13, 2011, Brandon scored a season-high 23 points in a 71–80 Illini loss to Purdue.[3]

Junior[edit]

Paul earned the role of a full-time starter for the 2011–12 season. On January 10, 2012, Paul scored 43 points in an upset win over then ranked #3 Ohio State. It was the third highest scoring total in a single game by an Illinois men's basketball player while his eight three-pointers tied the school record.[4]

Senior[edit]

During his senior season, Paul averaged 16.6 points a game over the course of 36 games. On March 14, 2013, Paul hit a game winning shot against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.[5] After graduating, Paul became just the second Illini player ever to reach career milestones of 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals and finished his college career as the eighth-leading scorer in school history with 1,654 points.

College statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Illinois 36 15 18.9 .333 .279 .644 3.1 1.3 .8 .1 7.8
2010–11 Illinois 34 10 22.4 .399 .361 .767 3.1 2.1 1.1 .4 9.0
2011–12 Illinois 32 30 33.4 .392 .333 .727 4.7 2.9 1.4 .8 14.7
2012–13 Illinois 36 35 32.0 .401 .325 .738 4.4 2.7 1.2 .6 16.6

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Paul joined the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[6] On August 10, 2013, Paul signed with BC Nizhny Novgorod of Russia for the 2013–14 season.[7] In early February 2014, he left Russia and returned to the United States after playing in 12 games and averaging 6.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 13.8 minutes per game.[8] On February 27, 2014, he was acquired by the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.[8] On March 14, 2014, he was waived by the Charge due to a season-ending injury.[9]

On November 2, 2014, Paul was reacquired by the Canton Charge.[10] On April 4, 2015, he was placed on the inactive list for the remainder of the season due to injury, and was waived two days later.[11]

On September 14, 2015, Paul signed with Spanish club FIATC Joventut.[12] He started 25 of 33 games and led the team in scoring with 13 points per game.[13]

After playing for the Charlotte Hornets[14] and the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2016 NBA Summer League,[15] Paul signed with the 76ers on July 25, 2016,[13] but was waived on October 24 after appearing in four preseason games.[16] On December 13, Paul signed with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Super League.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Paul is the son of Cliff Sr. and Lynda Paul. He has two brothers, Cliff Jr. and Darius Paul. Darius played one season for Western Michigan before transferring to Illinois for the 2013–14 season.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Illini Basketball: Brandon Paul to be named Mr. Basketball in Illinois". IllinoisLoyalty.com. April 1, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Player Bio: Brandon Paul". FightingIllini.com. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore combine for 44 as Purdue handles Illinois". ESPN.com. February 13, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Brandon Paul scores a career-high 43 to fuel Illinois' upset of Ohio State". ESPN.com. January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hoemann, Darrell (March 14, 2013). "Illinois defeats Minnesota in Chicago". News-Gazette.com. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Timberwolves Announce 2013 Summer League Roster". CBSLocal.com. July 9, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Nizhny Novgorod announced Brandon Paul". Sportando.com. August 10, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Charge Acquire Brandon Paul". NBA.com. February 27, 2014. Archived from the original on September 10, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Charge Acquire Anthony Harris". NBA.com. March 14, 2014. Archived from the original on September 10, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014-15 Canton Charge Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 2, 2014. Archived from the original on December 20, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Michael Dunigan Returns to Charge". OurSportsCentral.com. April 4, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "FIATC Joventut Badalona lands Brandon Paul". Sportando.com. September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Sixers Sign Brandon Paul". NBA.com. July 25, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Hornets Announce 2016 Orlando Pro Summer League Roster". NBA.com. June 27, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  15. ^ Sill, Eliot (July 7, 2016). "REPORT: Brandon Paul to join Ben Simmons, Sixers for Las Vegas Summer League". TheChampaignRoom.com. SB-Nation. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sixers Waive Five Players". NBA.com. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Anadolu Efes Istanbul lands Brandon Paul to replace Bryce Cotton". Sportando.com. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kevin Dillard
Illinois Mr. Basketball Award Winner
2009
Succeeded by
Jereme Richmond