Sophomore Brandon Paul electrifies Illini Opener Once Again

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Where was this Brandon Paul in February and March? For the second year in a row, Paul started the Illini season off with an impressive showing.

Last year against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Paul stole the spotlight of the season opener, draining 4 of 6 shots from behind the arc and finishing with 22 points – a freshman debut scoring record. Tuesday, opening the season against UC Irvine, he shot a career high 6 of 8 from three-point land. He finished the game with 18 points.

“Brandon, he’s pretty good in first games,” Bruce Weber joked in the post game press conference. “He’s continued that trend, and obviously he’s not going to shoot that well. But there’s no doubt he’s improved his three-point shooting from last year.”

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Video Illini G Brandon Paul Exclusive

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By Paul M. Banks

Illini freshman guard Brandon Paul is a consensus Top 50 recruit. His final year of prep ball he averaged 19.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals as a senior, leading Warren (Gurnee) to the IHSA sectional finals. The 2009 Illinois Mr. Basketball, the 10th Mr. Basketball to play for the Illini, and the first since 2002 recipient Dee Brown was a consensus first-team All-State pick as a senior by the Associated Press. Paul is also ranked No. 49 on the recruiting services consensus index, including No. 35 by Prep Stars and No. 42 by Rivals.com.

His TSB exclusive video interview is below

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