By Harry Allison
When Villanova won the national championship back in 2018, four of the Cats were chosen in the first round of the NBA draft:
Donte DiVicenzo, Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall.
Who knew that Paschall would be the biggest NBA star!
At 6-6 and 255 pounds, Paschall is a big, burly scorer who plays with youthful energy.
Villanova head coach Jay Wright used him all over the floor as a screener, a ball handler, and even as an isolation scorer. Not much has changed in the NBA under the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr. Paschall is averaging 16.7 points and has already scored at least 30 twice.
Paschall is a hard worker who extended his range and became a good team defender at Villanova, so there’s good reason to believe his 3-point shooting and defense will also improve in the NBA.
It hurts that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are out, but the benefit is the Warriors can invest in player development that can help in the long run. Paschall could make it all worth it.