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2016 Villanova Basketball Season Preview: Eric Paschall

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Coming off a red-shirt season, the former A-10 Rookie of the Year looks to make his Wildcat debut.

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Hometown: Dobbs Ferry, NY

High School: St. Thomas More (Oakdale, CT)

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 250

Career Stats

SEASON TEAM MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS

2014-15

FOR 31.2 5.6-13.3 41.9% 1.7-5.3 31.5% 3.1-4.0 79.4%
5.5
1.0
0.4 0.8 2.0
2.8

15.9

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Last season Paschall was required to red-shirt his season after transferring to Villanova from Fordham University.  While that meant he couldn't be on the court for Villanova's National Championship season, he absolutely contributed.  Time and time again both players and coaches raved about how much better practices were with Paschall playing the role of the opposing team's best player.

That versatility will be invaluable for the Wildcats this season, especially given the loss of Omari Spellman this year.  Paschall can arguably play any position from point guard to center, but he should see most of his time this year as a wing/forward.  During the team's trip to Spain this summer, Paschall got a lot of run at the center position with Reynolds and Spellman both out.  We could see a lot of this lineup as Dylan Painter and Tim Delaney continue to develop and learn the system.

But regardless of what position he's playing, Paschall's versatility stems from his ability to score from anywhere on the court.  He's a solid outside and mid-range shooter who uses his linebacker sized frame to create space to shoot or drive the lane where he finishes well through contact.  Once inside, he's got a terrific inside-out game but can also post up and take on bigger defenders down low.  Paschall's free throw shooting will also be an asset given his ability to aggressively draw fouls, something that was missing from last year's team.  He's best when he can make things happen out on the wing, but he'll also be effective in the paint if that's what the team needs.

The biggest question regarding Paschall this year was his defense, especially in the post.  As the A-10 Rookie of the Year, he was able to rely on his athleticism to defend, but it wasn't his calling card per say.  Now with a full year in Jay Wright's system, he's taken things to a new level.  While he'll primarily focus on defending the wing and the paint, every defender at Villanova needs to be able to get out on guards and switch.  Paschall's versatility again gives him the unique ability to defend every position when needed, and his size and strength will make him a serviceable post presence as well.

Best Case Scenario: Paschall picks up right where he left off at Fordham.  He's the first player off the bench and finishes the season Top 5 on the team in minutes and points.  He seamlessly rotates between the wing and the post giving the Wildcats front court depth and a number of lineup options.

Worse Case Scenario: He's still lethal from the wing, but the "small ball" approach doesn't gain a lot of traction. Paschall isn't able to anchor the defense at the 5 spot, but he still plays an important role coming off the bench in tandem with Bridges.

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