Donovan Mitchell explains why Eric Paschall is Warriors' sleeper pick

Donovan Mitchell explains why Eric Paschall is Warriors' sleeper pick

With the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected Eric Paschall out of Villanova.

In his final mock draft on Thursday afternoon, ESPN's Jonathan Givony had the forward going to Golden State at No. 28.

The Dubs got Michigan's Jordan Poole with that selection instead, but they were able to snag Paschall 13 picks later.

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell explained to Trysta Krick of USA Today Sports why Paschall is one of the biggest sleepers in the draft.

"I'm biased, but I'm gonna say it because he was my best friend growing up -- Eric Paschall," Mitchell said. "He brings so much to a team that's ready to compete now.

"He's a defender, he's athletic, he can shoot and he's strong. He wasn't like that when we were younger. He was always the lanky one so I always give him a lot of [flak] for that."

Paschall and Mitchell were childhood friends in New York and played AAU basketball together.

During the 2014-15 season, Paschall averaged 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman at Fordham University. He transferred to Villanova, sat out the 2015-16 campaign and then played three seasons for the Wildcats.

As a senior last year, the 6-foot-6 (6-foot-7.25 inches with shoes on) 22-year-old averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds, while shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc.

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From his ESPN draft profile:

Paschall is one of the more ready prospects in this draft class, turning 23 in November, with a chiseled physique and an impressive national championship pedigree. Paschall's athleticism, toughness, perimeter shooting ability and defensive versatility will fit right into Golden State's roster.

At No. 41, he definitely sounds like a sleeper.

Paschall, Poole and second-round pick Alen Smailagic will be introduced during a press conference on Monday at 12 p.m. PT.

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Warriors coach very impressed with Eric Paschall in one specific area

Warriors coach very impressed with Eric Paschall in one specific area

Considering what the expectations were, Eric Paschall has been nothing short of fantastic so far this season.

The rookie is averaging 15.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting just under 53 percent from the field.

“His work ethic has been impressive from the jump,” Warriors assistant coach Theo Robertson -- who works closely with Paschall -- told Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. “His goal this season was to get on the floor and to this point he’s done everything necessary to facilitate that.

"We spend a ton of time watching film. I’ve been very impressed by his IQ. He’s been well-coached and sees the game.

"Moreover, his ability to apply concepts or teaching points immediately has been very impressive. He can execute a game plan and really understands the ‘why’ in a lot of things.”

Paschall -- who turned 23 years old last week -- spent five years in college, and greatly benefitted by playing for Villanova coach Jay Wright.

He constantly communicates on the defensive end and knows where to be.

As Strauss writes:

Synergy Sports grades Paschall out as “very good” on defense so far, which is tough to do on a Warriors team that’s putting up historically bad defensive efficiency numbers.

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Ultimately, it doesn't matter if Paschall starts or comes off the bench. He's going to play around 30 minutes per night.

But moving forward, hopefully we will get to see Paschall share the floor as much as possible with Draymond Green. Those two need to learn each other's tendencies and develop chemistry on both ends of the floor, and that can't happen when the rookie checks into the game for the three-time All-Star.

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Ayesha Curry stars in series 'Fempire' helping female entrepreneurs

Ayesha Curry stars in series 'Fempire' helping female entrepreneurs

Ayesha Curry is continuing her busy schedule by adding yet another project to the list.

Ellen Digital Network, in partnership with Lorissa's Kitchen, have developed "Fempire," which will star Ayesha, the wife of Warriors star Steph Curry, as the host of the six-episode original digital series. She will use her business savvy and wisdom to assist female entrepreneurs of all ages and stages to take their "Fempire" to the next level.

The series premieres Wednesday, where Ayesha surprises Melanie, an employee of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," who has a side hustle operating Melanie's Bakeshop out of her home during her spare time. Melanie has two kids and a full-time job and wants to take her business to the next level.

That's where Ayesha comes in. She surprised Melanie at work joking she's the show's "new intern."

Curry has learned a lot building her own empire all while being a wife and mother of three. She's happy to pay it forward with what she's discovered with other powerful women.

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We already are pretty familiar with her culinary success as she showed us in "Cookin' with the Currys" series. 

You can watch the first episode here