Big Ten Medal of Honor: Brandon Paul, Illinois Men's Basketball
June 5, 2013
Brandon Paul was a team captain and go-to player for coach John Groce and the Fighting Illini basketball team in 2012-13. He's a two-time All-Big Ten and All-Region honoree, and was a candidate for several national awards, including the Wooden, Naismith and Senior CLASS Awards as a senior. A native of Gurnee, Ill., Paul finished his career ranked in the top 10 in school history in several categories, including scoring (ninth, 1,654 points), three-pointers (seventh, 211 3FGM), free throws (fourth, 401 FTM) and games played (third, 138). He was named MVP of the Maui Invitational in 2012 after leading the Illini to the title, and was a two-time national player of the week after incredible performances against No. 5 Ohio State in 2011-12 (43 points) and at No. 10 Gonzaga in 2012-13 (35 points).
Off the court, Paul is a three-time academic All-Big Ten honoree and graduated in May with a degree in sport management. He has been a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), served as emcee and host of 2012 Jock Jams student-athlete fundraiser and regularly visits local schools and the pediatric ward at Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital.