Flashback: Racer Basketball's Kevin Paschel

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Paschel started on the junior varsity as a freshman and sophomore and started for the varsity as a junior and senior. During his career PRP fashioned an amazing 114-24 record as he scored 1,300 points.

As a junior and senior he arned all-district, all-region, and all-state honors. I addition to being named sixth region player of the year as a senior Paschel also was named to the Kentucky All-Star squad that plays Indiana.

And he was the MVP of the Kentucky-Ohio All-Star game and the Louisville Invitational Tournament.

When I was at PRP we practiced really hard and we spent a lot of time on defense," he recalled. "We wanted to play the best people so we'd just go around the country playing in Florida, Delaware everywhere. Playing in the best tournaments we could so that we could get better."

But Paschel wasn't the only talented player at PRP.

"Willie Ivory played for Austin Peay," Paschel noted. "Michael Lockhart signed with Vanderbilt. Leron Mills, a prolific scorer, went to JUCO first and is about to sign with Memphis, Michael Griffith went to Florida A & M and Dewayne King plays for Penn right now in the Ivy league."

Paschel's best game at PRP, oddly enough, came in one of those out of state tournaments against one of the most highly regarded teams in the nation.

"We beat Oak Hill in the Vegas Prep tournament when they had Corey Hightower," he recalled.. "I think I had like 29 points and they put me in a magazine out there. That was one of my best games ever."

In addition to basketball, Paschel also starred on the track at PRP as he was an outstanding sprinter, breaking four school records. But, when recruiters came calling they wanted him for basketball.

"When the recruiting process started I had calls from Central Florida and Western Kentucky in addition to Murray State," he said. "Cincinnati talked to my AAU coach. The Arkansas assistant coach called me and Dayton called me. I think my grades held me back from going to a high powered school.

"My coach told me that Murray State had a winning tradition and I said that's where I want to be if they want to win. And they liked to run so I just decided to come here."

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