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Illinois’ Paul joins Lamar State-Port Arthur basketball team

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Illinois’ Paul joins Lamar State-Port Arthur basketball team

                Darius Paul, a 6-foot-8 forward who spent last year at the University of Illinois, is joining Lamar State College-Port Arthur for the 2014-15 season.

                Paul earned Freshman of the Year accolades in the Mid-American Conference at Western Michigan after averaging 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman. He sat out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules. Paul was originally expected to contribute for Illinois in the upcoming campaign, but received a one-year suspension after what UI Coach John Groce described as “multiple transgressions." Coach Groce did not go into detail about specific incidences.

                “Lamar State College-Port Arthur provides a family environment where student-athletes can attain academic achievement, athletic success and personal growth,” Seahawks Head Coach Lance Madison said. “Lamar State-Port Arthur provides the resources necessary for student-athletes to achieve their goals."

                Paul transferred from Western Michigan to play for the Fighting Illini, following in his brother’s footsteps. Brandon Paul is a former Illinois star guard and Illinois Mr. Basketball.

                “Lamar State-Port Arthur is the perfect fit for Darius," Illinois Head Coach John Groce said.  "I have known Coach Madison for many years and have a tremendous amount of respect for the way he coaches and mentors young men.  In speaking with Darius and his family, I know they are determined to take full advantage of this opportunity he has in Texas.  I am confident that Darius will grow as a person, student and player during his time at the college.  Illini Nation is behind him.”
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