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Former Hudson Valley HS Star Helps Villanova Win National Title

Westchester native Eric Paschall has starred for Villanova, taking them all the way to the championship.
Westchester native Eric Paschall has starred for Villanova, taking them all the way to the championship. Photo Credit: Twitter via Eric Paschall.

A former Westchester high school basketball standout had his one shining moment late Monday night.

Eric Paschall, a 6-foot-9 transfer student from Fordham University, was named to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team as he helped Villanova to the national title in a one-sided win against Michigan on Monday, topping the Wolverines 79-62 to claim the crown.

Paschall, a starter, scored just six points in the title win and grabbed eight rebounds in the effort. The Dobbs Ferry native starred against Kansas in the Final Four, hitting 10 of 11 shots to score 24, and he pulled down 14 rebounds while hitting eight of his 10 free throws against Texas Tech in the regional final. Paschall also added 14 points against West Virginia and helped hold Alabama to just 58 points in the second round.

The Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, Paschall transferred after his freshman year following the firing of former Fordham head coach Tom Pecora.

It was a long journey for the Dobbs Ferry native to first get to the Final Four after starring as a freshman for Fordham University before transferring in 2015 to Villanova. After sitting out a year due to his status as a transfer student, Paschall went on to serve as a bench player for the Wildcats last year before becoming a fixture in the starting rotation this season.

For the regular season, Paschall started all 36 games for Villanova, averaging nearly 30 minutes a game while averaging 10.3 points per game shooting at a 52 percent clip from the field.

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