'Grind time' for Brandon Paul

Former Illinois guard Brandon Paul has been announced as one of 60 players invite to this week’s NBA draft combine in Chicago.

Similar to the NFL’s combine, Paul and the other players invited will be interviewed by NBA executives, they’ll be measured and put through a series of drills ahead of the June 27 draft.

After that, Paul will work out for select NBA teams in an effort to improve his draft stock. Most mock drafts have him slotted to be selected to go somewhere in the second round.

“My agent’s been in contact with a few teams and workouts will start shortly after the combine with group workouts and individual workouts with teams, so I’m looking forward to getting to that,” he said.

Paul has spent the past few weeks in Florida working out four times a day in preparation for the combine and workouts with NBA teams.

“It’s basically get up and grind time and I’m excited about it,” he said.

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