Photos from Illinois on-campus basketball media day, Oct. 9. 2013. (photos by Derek Neal/Illinois Athletics)
2013-14 REDSHIRT: Sat out the season per NCAA transfer rules ... Has three years of eligibility remaining with the Illini.
AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
2013 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year after averaging 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds ... Started 33 of 35 games, scoring in double figures 21 times and recording five double-doubles on the season ... Registered career highs in both scoring and rebounding at Toledo with a 27-point, 12-rebound performance (Feb. 27, 2013) ... Helped lead WMU to 22 victories - its highest win total since 2004 - and a tie for first place in the MAC's West Division.
Averaged 18.0 points and 9.7 rebounds as a senior, leading Warren to a 23-4 record ... First-team All-State selection by the Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) ...Second-team All-State by the Associated Press and Chicago Tribune ... Averaged 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior, leading Warren to a 31-4 record and 2011 IHSA Class 4A state runner-up finish ... High School coach was Chuck Ramsey ... Played with current Illini teammate Mike LaTulip on the Full Package AAU program, coached by Louis Walker.
Born April 8, 1994 ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism ... Parents are Cliff Sr. and Lynda Paul ... Younger brother of Brandon Paul, combo guard at Illinois from 2010-13 who is now playing professionally in Russia ... Also has an older brother, Cliff ... Mother played basketball at Ball State and formerly ran the AAU basketball program Illinois HoopStars.