Texans land highly ranked forward Kevin Paul for 2023-24 class


STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Men’s Basketball head coach Billy Gillispie has announced the signing of Kevin Paul to a National Letter of Intent to join the Texan roster for 2023-24.

Paul is a 6-9, 210-pound forward, who will join the Texans in the 2023-24 season after an impressive career at competitive homeschool basketball organization Texas Alliance of Christian Athletes in Dallas.

“I signed because I believe that Tarleton fits my game best,” said Paul. “The environment and the players and coaches, I liked them all very much. They are nice and respectful people.”

Paul, a top-30 ranked player and No. 5 ranked center in Texas according to Texas Basketball Review, has the right mentality for success according to T.A.C.A. Storm head coach Ani Usmana.

“Kevin is very coachable,” said Usmana. “We’ve worked on so many different skills and he continues to get better. He always works hard. KP can be a shy kid until he gets to know you, but that never stops him from being the hardest worker.”

Paul is the first Texan signee for the 2023-24 season that will be joining straight out of high school.

“He’s going to fare really well,” commented Usmana. “Any kid going into Division I as a freshman is going to have to mature a lot. But Kevin is extremely coachable and is always working to get better. He is already very talented in terms of paint presence and shot blocking, plus he plays with a mean streak. When Kevin gets on a roll it’s like seeing a whole new dude out on the court. Billy is known for being a tough coach and paired with Kevin’s work ethic, I think the result is going to be success.”

Known for his ability to finish around the rim, Paul is a menace defensively and his athleticism allows him to guard anyone on the floor.

“Wow, we are so excited to be able to add a prospect of KP’s abilities to our program,” said Gillispie. “The sky is the limit for KP. There is no telling how good he may become. He’s a really hard worker and determined to be great. In our time here, we haven’t signed a player that has the size and athleticism that KP possesses. We can’t wait to work with him and watch him grow.”

Originally from Long Beach, California, Paul will be pursuing a degree in physical therapy from Tarleton. He is the son of Shima Glasper.

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