Indiana Pacers: Paul George

Paul George was born May 2, 1990 in Palmdale, California.  He was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 10th pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Despite possessing outstanding length and athleticism, and averaging 25 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and three steals per game in his senior season, George wasn’t considered a big-time college basketball recruit.  He turned down offers from Georgetown, Penn State, San Diego State and Pepperdine, instead opting to play for the Fresno State Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference.

He made an immediate impact at Fresno, starting all 34 games and averaging 14.3 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds during his freshman season.  On the year, he led the WAC in minutes played and ranked second in three-point shooting and steals per game.

He progressed nicely during his sophomore season, although as a team the Bulldogs struggled.  He upped his scoring total to 16.8 points and his rebounds climbed to 7.2 per game.  George also averaged 3.0 assists, 2.2 steals and notched four double-doubles on the year.  He proved to be one of the most accurate free-throw shooters in all of college basketball by making 120 of 132 attempts (90.9%).  As a result, George was named Second-Team All-WAC, and earned an invitation to the prestigious Under 19 USA Basketball Training Camp.

Considered to be a high upside player with question marks, mostly due to the competition he played against in the WAC, George wowed Larry Bird and Jim O’Brien during his workouts at Conseco Fieldhouse and forced the Pacers to select with their 10th pick even though they already had a number of wing players on the roster.

George has two older sisters who also played collegiate sports.  Teiosha played basketball for Pepperdine, and Portala played volleyball for CSU San Bernardino.  Paul has worn the number 24 after being nicknamed “2much4u” as a youth.