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Miguel Paul
Miguel Paul

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Winter Haven, Fla.

High School:
Kathleen

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 172

Position:
Guard

Experience:
HS


Quickly:
Quick, shifty point guard that made great strides throughout his freshman season ... Began attacking the basket with more effectiveness later in the year and turned into a more dynamic offensive presence with his passing ability ... Should be an improved defender with added strength and gives the Tigers a nice change-of-pace guard playing along with seniors J.T. Tiller and Zaire Taylor.

At Mizzou:
2008-09:
Played in all 38 games for Missouri as a freshman and ranked among team leaders with 57 assists and 21 steals in 11.4 minutes a game ... Averaged 3.0 points and 0.9 rebounds as a reserve point guard ... Reached double figures in scoring three times, with 11 points coming in his Division I debut vs. Prairie View A&M, 12 vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and 11 more vs. Coppin State ... Dished multiple assists in 16 games, including a season high five vs. Oral Roberts and Arkansas-Pine Bluff in back-to-back contests ... Played well in postseason action as a rookie, dishing seven assists, while committing just one turnover in his final five games, including the Big 12 Championship game vs. Baylor.

High School:
Enjoyed a great prep career at Kathleen High School, culminating with back-to-back appearances in the Class 4A state championship game as a junior and senior ... Averaged 14.0 points, 4.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds for a balanced Kathleen squad ... Unselfish player that had the ability to put up huge numbers when called upon as evidenced by his 29 points and three assists in the Florida Class 4A semifinal win over Eustis High School ... Added 24 points in the championship game vs. Pace ... Named one of the nation's Top 150 performers by ESPN.com and was listed a Top 15 point guard recruit nationally ... Has seen his stock raise throughout his senior season ... A three-star pick by both scout and rivals.com ... Scored 13 points, including eight fourth-quarter tallies in the upset of high school power Norcross (Ga.) at the Amare Stoudemire Invitational ... Named the 2008 Polk County Player of the Year by the Lakeland Ledger ... First Team All-Polk County ... Finalist for the Florida Class 4A Player of the Year ... Selected to participate in the Florida vs. USA All-Star Game ... All-league and all-region selection ... Earned first team All-Polk County honors as a junior and was the MVP of the Frank Spencer National Holiday Classic ... Second team All-Polk County pick as a sophomore and was selected to participate in the prestigious Nike Jamboree ... Capped a fabulous freshman campaign by being ranked the No. 1 freshman in the class of 2008 by Breakdown Magazine ... Second team All-Polk County pick ... MVP of the Jim Haley Rookie Sensation event.

Personal:
Son of Leslie and Masha Paul ... Full name is Miguel Masha Paul ... Born in Panama City, Fla. ... Hopes to pursue a marketing degree and would like focus on sports marketing after his playing career ... Coached by Drew Taylor at Kathleen High School ... Coached by Bernie Hayes in the summer ... Attended the same high school as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis ... His father played football at Winston Salem State University and signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles ... Is a gadget junky and loves getting the newest cell phones on the market ... Nicknamed Mic ... Has two siblings, Gionni and India ... Biggest hidden talent off the basketball court is his dancing ability ... Favorite actor is Billy Bob Thornton ... Favorite movie is Glory Road ... Favorite food is Pizza ... Favorite song is Can't Touch This by MC Hammer ... Favorite musical artist is E40 ... Selected Missouri because of his relationship with the coaching staff ... Picked the Tigers over scholarship offers from Clemson, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), South Florida and St. John's.

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