Notes:After having a phenomenally successful sophomore year where many NBA scouts predicted that Paulding would be a lottery pick, he suffered setbacks during his junior and senior campaigns that have made them rethink his draft stock.
Upside: He's a very athletic slasher who uses his athleticism to elevate over his opponents. His vertical leap is off the charts. Has a nice mid-range jumper. A good ball handler. Good lateral quickness should allow him to be a decent defender in the pros. Has a good body.
Downside: Consistency and that outside shot. Paulding took a 158 threes this season, but made just 34 percent. Last year he was much more effective from downtown. This year he was just streaky. Made four or more threes five times during the season. Missed four or more threes eleven times.
Insider Projection: The biggest problem was consistency. The Tigers never knew who was going to show up. Paulding was huge in several big games this year including a 31 point performance (shooting 5-fot-7 from three) against Oklahoma State. But he also had a number of nine point stinkers against Kansas, Kansas State and Texas A&M. Scouts feel that his game is a better fit in the NBA than it was in college. However, he didn't stand out at all at the Chicago pre-draft camp. The fact that he measured at just 6-foot-4 also didn't help things. Will he even be drafted?