Younger Paul a hot commodity

Younger Paul a hot commodity

There’s a sentiment out there that Darius Paul to Illinois is a done deal, mainly because of his family’s connection to the Illinois program and its coaching staff.

Older brother Brandon had a positive experience in his only year under John Groce and Co., but that doesn’t guarantee Illinois lands the forward who was named the Mid-American Conference’s Freshman of the Year after averaging 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds for Western Michigan.

As I wrote earlier this week, Paul has been contacted by several programs since it was revealed he was leaving the Broncos last week. Florida, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, USC, Marquette, Nevada, Iowa State and Nebraska are among the programs expressing interest in Paul, who will visit the Illini today.

It’s been said that Paul left Western Michigan to test himself at a higher level and while there’s truth to that, the turnover in the Western Michigan coaching staff played a large part in his decision to leave.

During the recruiting process, Paul grew close with Broncos assistants Larry Farmer and Rick Carter. Farmer left for North Carolina State and Carter for Missouri before last season.

So while the obvious family connection puts Illinois in a favorable position with Paul, it by no means guarantees he will wind up at Illinois.

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Moonpie wrote on May 03, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Change Sleepy Gazoo to Lazy Gazoo. Only now do they do some reporting to get at who this kid is and why he's leaving WMU. No doubt the Lazy Gazoo "reporters" assumed he would want to come to Illinois.And if he doesn't, they'll bury that story, too, leaving plenty of time for ego time at the Esquire.

EastIll wrote on May 03, 2013 at 7:05 pm

You like to rag on the news-gazette, yet your comments are the most predictable pieces of garbage that the internet has to offer. What else are they supposed to do, write a story the minute the he announced his transfer? They're writing the story now because many Illinois fans are just now wondering who this guy is and the impact he would have during his career. If you knew anything about college basketball, you'd understand the timing of this article. Leave it to some old journalism reject that has a vendetta against the gazette, to complain every time an article comes out.

IlliniMike05 wrote on May 04, 2013 at 9:05 am

I just figured out who you remind me of: Abe Simpson. Specifically, when a picture of him angrily shaking his fist was on the front page of the paper with the headline, "Old Man Yells At Clouds."

optimator wrote on May 04, 2013 at 2:05 pm

cowpie. not only angry and bitter and screaming at kids to get off his lawn but also quite dumb


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