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Phil Booth’s combine is over, but Eric Paschall’s is just begining

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! Last night was all about the upcoming NBA Draft, specifically the lottery winners. But seeing as it’s unlikely that the New Orleans Pelicans will use their #1 overall pick on Villanova’s Eric Paschall, we figure we’d check in with both Villanova draft hopefulls as they’re out in Chicago this week for the NBA Draft Combine.

We’ll start with Phil Booth, who spent Monday and Tuesday participating in the G-League Elite Camp, hoping to earn an invite to the NBA Combine. While he did participate in the scrimmages, it doesn’t appear from the event’s website that Booth took any measurements or participated in the drills. Here are his stat lines from the two scrimmages:

Overall Booth’s numbers are just ok, far below what we’ve come to expect from his days at Villanova. In the first game he did a great job distributing the ball with 5 assists, but shot just 20% from deep and finished with only 7 points. In the second game he was much more aggressive in the scoring department, going 5 of 7 at the line and shooting 3 of 4 from deep for 14 points. But with that his assists dropped, he only shot 30% from the field, and ended up in the negative for +/-.

At the end of the camp, Booth was not one of the 10 players selected to remain in Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine, which starts today.

Meanwhile, Eric Paschall’s combine experience is just getting started. As someone who’s landing anywhere from the back half of the first to the early second in mock drafts, he’ll likely be a full participant in hopes to lock in a first round status. Hopefully he can have some of the same eye-popping athletic feats that helped Donte DiVincenzo rise up to the teens in his draft.

No matter what happens this week, Paschall is likely to hear his name called at the NBA Draft. Phil Booth on the other hand, probably won’t. But that doesn’t mean Booth won’t be getting the call that night, as he’ll be a prime target for summer league squads and european teams as an undrafted free-agent. The draft is just a month away, and there are still a ton of individual and team workouts that will happen between now and then, so stay tuned for the latest as we follow these senior captains all the way to draft night.

In other “news”, Eric Dixon is really good at basketball, ALL the mock drafts, and Kris Jenkins’ championship shot loses to football AGAIN!?!? Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

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NBA Wildcats

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Villanova Football

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Big East

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