Brandon Paul, who stands 6'3" and weighs 175 pounds, is a combo guard who had a great spring and summer. He is aiming to take that momentum into his senior season. "School is going great for me," Paul said. "I like all my classes. On the basketball court I did well at LeBron James and NBA camp. I think I showed people what I could do nationally against some of the best players and showed the scouts what I could do."
Today Paul welcomed a very important visitor come to his campus, that being Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber. "He's talked a lot this summer about what I need to work on, and how well I played," Paul stated. "Coach Weber is the guy that did most of my recruitment, but I do talk to Coach Price and Coach Howard from time to time."
Paul, like most of Weber's recruits in the classes of 2009 and 2010, is optimistic that if things work out the Illini should do very well on the court. "I expect this group to play hard each time out, get better, and really push each other in practice and the rest will take care of itself," Paul said.
Paul always wants to stay at the top of the game and works out every day of the week. "Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we have weights and open gym," he acknowledged. "We work out, then we play at the end, but on Tuesday and Thursday I work out with a friend of mine."
Paul will take his official visit to Illinois the weekend of October 10-12th. "On my visit I will be with D.J. Richardson," Paul said. "It will be good to see him again."
Scout.com has Paul listed at a four-star recruit and the nation's 17th best shooting guard in the Class of 2009.
Recruiting guru Dave Telep observed Paul earlier this year in Akron, Ohio at the 2nd annual LeBron James Skills Academy. Telep offered the following commentary on Paul:
"Slow and steady wins the race and his progress has been consistently measurable. There are plenty of guys out on the road who are too aggressive but few we'd say have earned the right to be more assertive. There's no denying that his jump shot has improved – as has his confidence in it – since the spring. If he wants to pull a few more for heat checks, fine by us."