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NBA Draft Combine hits Chicago: recap, synopsis, news and notes

NBA Draft Combine hits Chicago: recap, synopsis, news and notes
The NBA Draft Combine was held here in Chicago this past Thursday and Friday. Almost every player likely to get picked in the 2013  NBA Draft came to the Windy City for workouts in front of NBA scouts and interviews with the local and national media.

During the interview sessions, the draft combine reporter gets up close and personal with every former college basketball star soon to hear their name called on draft night. Each player gets his own table in the conference room and journalists rotate like speed daters to obtain quality face time with everyone. Conversation is much more in-depth here than at post-game press conferences. It's about the big picture here -- no time to waste on the boringly banal queries from newspaper beat writers forming out their pedestrian game recap articles.

On top of the media grilling, the draft combine includes tougher inquisitions from the league's teams. Four years ago, Arizona's Chase Budinger, picked 44th by the Detroit Pistons, currently balling for the Minnesota Timberwolves, said he faced a psychological aptitude test from our hometown Bulls. He had to arrange blocks to match a picture they presented. A lot of reporters toss boring, easy softball questions ("if you could have dinner with anyone in history who would it be?" "what's your favorite late night snack?)", but the professionals on NBA payrolls pull no punches. They're investing major paper, long dough in their selection. That means doing due diligence. Even players' personal lives are in bounds. At the NBA Draft combine, teams want to know if players are single, married, have kids, baby mommas, baby momma drama etc. Multiple players said they had to reveal if they had a "friend with benefits." Are we talking to a league front office? Or is this your prom date's father?
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Illini Guard Brandon Paul: quite confident in his scoring ability

Illini Guard Brandon Paul: quite confident in his scoring ability
During today’s media session at the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas an irresistible force versus immovable object type storyline emerged. A potential battle on the wing tomorrow between Illini scoring machine Brandon Paul and Colorado’s Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year Andre Roberson. Everyone knows that the Illini are very reliant on Paul for scoring, and that Roberson always guards the biggest weapon that the Buffaloes' opposition has. And Brandon Paul is quite confident in his ability to score. He put up 43 last year versus an Ohio State team that later reached the Final Four. Brandon Paul scored 34 on Gonzaga this year, a #1 seed in the West Regional. In the Illini Big Ten Tournament victory over the Gophers, Paul was almost literally half of Illinois’ total scoring (25/49 points) So when Paul told the media today just how confident he is in his own scoring ability, he has the numbers to back it up. This season, BP3 had the highest scoring per game average by an Illinois player in ten years. Here’s the transcript...