Warriors rookie Eric Paschall at one point lived just down the street from Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. The two grew up as close friends in Westchester County, New York, playing on travel teams together and eventually both finding a path to the NBA.
Neither of the two was a certified blue-chip prospect, and both had to grind to get to where they are today.
"No one really expected me and Donovan to be where we are today," Paschall told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck on the "Full 48" podcast. "Because we were the two kids from Westchester (County), everybody else was in the city, we just had to prove ourselves. So we were coming up together, getting better together and now we're both in the NBA, which is something we've dreamed about and I know our families are very happy because our families are very tight."
Mitchell went to the University of Louisville and was drafted No. 13 overall by Utah in 2017, and quickly has become one of the Western Conference's best scorers. Paschall spent five seasons in college and was drafted No. 41 overall by the Warriors in 2019.
The two got to face off for the first time in the NBA this past November when Utah visited Chase Center and came away with a 122-108 win.
We really came from the 914 where no one thought we would make it to the league. Now we both in the NBA! God is good! Love you bro! My brother for life! ✊🏾 https://t.co/x0ARgDaQgc— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) November 12, 2019
Paschall and Mitchell, childhood friends from the East Coast, will be facing each other for a long time in the NBA.
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Warriors' Eric Paschall talks NBA journey alongside Donovan Mitchell originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area