Kenton Paulino (2003-06)
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Two-year starter and four-year letterwinner who saw action at both the point and shooting guard positions throughout his career ... played in 106 career games, making 62 starts ... ranked third in school history in career three-point field goal percentage (.401) ... member of four NCAA Tournament teams, including trips to the Final Four (2003), "Elite Eight" (2006) and "Sweet 16" (2004).
As a Senior in 2005-06
Team tri-captain ... one of six players named to SI.com's "All- Glue" team (Feb. 14) ... the squad recognizes players whose under-the-radar, won't-find-'em-in-the-box-score contributions are critical to their team's success ... named to the Big 12 All- Underrated team (media) ... earned the Lowe's Home Improvement Most Improved Player award as the team's Most Improved Player ... started all 37 games during the season ... led the team in three-point field goal percentage (.399), a mark that ranked eighth on the school's single-season chart ... tied for second in assists (3.0 apg) ... ranked second in three-point field goals made (71) ... ranked fourth in scoring (9.8 ppg), field goals made (121), steals (34) and minutes played (27.6 mpg) ... led the team in assists in 11 games (tied for first on the team) and scoring in three games ... took his game to a new level in Big 12 play, averaging 10.8 ppg while hitting 54-of-122 (.443) field goals, including 37-of-81 (.457) three-pointers ... recorded eight points and eight assists in 34 minutes against No. 13 West Virginia in the Guardians Classic Semifinal (Nov. 21) ... tallied eight points and five assists in 32 minutes against No. 18 Iowa in the Guardians Classic Championship game (Nov. 22) ... registered 11 points and four assists in 23 minutes against Rice (Dec. 5) ... scored 14 points (6-of-9 FG, 2-of-3 threes) in 32 minutes against No. 1 Duke (Dec. 10) ... scored 13 points while playing a career-high 38 minutes against Tennessee (Dec. 17) ... had 12 points and four assists in 22 minutes against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 30) ... dished out six assists in 31 minutes against No. 4 Memphis (Jan. 2) ... opened league play with 18 points (7-of-9 FG, 3-of-4 threes) in 30 minutes against Colorado (Jan. 7) ... scored a career-high 20 points (7-of-9 FG) and hit a career-high six threes (6-of-8) in 32 minutes at Iowa State (Jan. 9) ... tallied 13 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in 37 minutes against No. 3 Villanova (Jan. 14) ... recorded 14 points (4-of-7 threes) and dished out four assists in 28 minutes at Missouri (Feb. 1) ... registered 19 points (4-of-6 FG, 3-of-5 threes) while making a career-high eight free throws (8-of-8) and dished out four assists in 33 minutes against Texas A&M (Feb. 4) ... scored 19 points (7-of-8 FG, 4-of-5 threes), and tied a career high with three steals in 28 minutes against Nebraska (Feb. 11) ... recorded 11 points, tied a career high with eight free throws made and dished out five assists in 34 minutes at Kansas State (Feb. 22) ... went 4-of-4 from the line in the final 16 seconds to seal the victory over Kansas State ... shined during the three games at the Big 12 Championship, averaging 15.7 ppg while converting 17-of-31 (.548) field goals, including 10-of-21 (.476) from three-point range ... registered 15 points (3-of-5 threes) and pulled down four boards in 30 minutes against Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship semifinal (Mar. 11) ... scored a game-high 19 points (5-of-9 threes) in 29 minutes against No. 17 Kansas in the Big 12 Championship title game (Mar. 12) ... scored eight points including the game-winning three-pointer as time expired against No. 22 West Virginia in the NCAA Regional Semifinal (Mar. 23).
As a Junior in 2004-05
Split time between the point and two-guard spot during the season ... played in 28 games, making four starts ... started both of UT's postseason contests at shooting guard ... plagued by a hamstring injury throughout most of the year and a dislocated left big toe sustained against Iowa State (Feb. 5) ... seventh on the squad in scoring (6.9 ppg) ... led the team in three-point percentage (.483, 42-of-87) ... was even better beyond the arc in Big 12 play, converting 20-of-39 threes (.513) ... upped his minutes played from 15.7 mpg as a sophomore to 22.3 mpg on the year ... led the team in assists in nine games ... also posted eight double-figure scoring games ... converted two or more three-point field goals in 11 games during the season ... opened the season with 13 points (3- of-3 threes, 4-of-4 FT) and five assists in 23 minutes against Texas State (Nov. 19) ... followed with 14 points (4-of-6 threes) against Chaminade (Nov. 22) in the opening round at the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... posted 13 points (4-of-5 threes) in 21 minutes against Coppin State (Nov. 29) ... set a career high with six assists at No. 6 Wake Forest (Dec. 18) ... missed the Centenary game (Dec. 22) with a hamstring injury ... opened Big 12 play against Baylor (Jan. 9) by setting career highs in points (17) and threepointers (5-of-6) in 26 minutes ... followed with nine points and tied his career high with six assists at Texas A&M (Jan. 12) ... scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-2 threes) in the home win against No. 5 Oklahoma State (Jan. 17) ... tallied 16 points (3- of-4 threes, 5-of-6 FT) in the home win against Texas Tech (Jan. 25) ... had 12 points (6-of-7 FT) at No. 6 Kansas (Jan. 29) ... suffered a dislocated left big toe in the first half against Iowa State (Feb. 5) ... could only play four minutes early in the second half of that contest, then missed consecutive games at Colorado (Feb. 8) and Kansas State (Feb. 12) ... scored eight points and dished out four assists at Baylor (Feb. 19) ... gained the starting nod and played 25 minutes in the upset at No. 8 Oklahoma State (March 5) ... started and recorded a team-high 16 points and set career highs in rebounds (six) and minutes (33) during the Big 12 tourney loss to Colorado (March 10) ... also tied his career high in field goals made (5-of-11) ... saw a career high 34 minutes of action in the NCAA Tournament loss to Nevada (March 17).
As a Sophomore in 2003-04
Starting point guard over the last half of the season ... played in 24 games, making 21 starts ... started 21 of the last 25 games at the point to end the year ... toyed with the idea of redshirting the season at the beginning of the year as he nursed a left hamstring injury ... after two solid weeks of practice over the Christmas break, he elected to play and Coach Barnes inserted him into the starting lineup against UT-Arlington (Jan. 2) ... had seven points, three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes against UT-Arlington in his first collegiate start ... tallied five points and four assists in a career-high 25 minutes at No. 25 Providence (Jan. 5) ... averaged 5.6 ppg in 15.3 mpg while hitting 42.1% from three-point range during Big 12 play ... recorded three consecutive doubledigit scoring games from Jan. 26 through Feb. 4 ... posted 12 points (5-of-7 FG) in the overtime win at No. 13 Texas Tech (Jan. 26) ... followed with 11 points (4-of-9 FG) at Texas A&M (Jan. 31) ... added 13 points (4-of-6 threes) in the home win against Colorado (Feb. 4) ... recorded a career-high 16 points (4-of-5 threes) in 18 minutes during the win at Baylor (Feb. 10) ... did not start in the home win against Texas Tech, as Barnes had Ivey start at point guard on Senior Day ... had seven points (3-of-4 FG), two assists and two steals in 17 minutes at No. 8 Oklahoma State (March 1) ... did not play at Kansas State (March 6) due to a hamstring injury ... recorded six points (2-of-3 threes) and three assists in 22 minutes in the NCAA First Round win against Princeton (March 18).
As a Freshman in 2002-03
Saw most of his action at the shooting guard position ... played in 17 games ... averaged 1.0 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 5.9 minutes per contest ... posted a season-high six points in 12 minutes in the home-opening win against Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 23) ... played 11 minutes in the home win against Texas-Arlington (Nov. 27) ... pulled down a season-best three rebounds in a season- high 17 minutes during the home victory against McNeese State (Dec. 19) ... had three points, two boards and two assists in 14 minutes against Mount St. Mary's (Jan. 5) ... registered five points (2-of-2 FG), one rebound and one assist in 10 minutes during the home win against Texas A&M (Jan. 18) ... hit 2-of-2 free throws in two minutes of work during the NCAA First Round victory against UNC Asheville (March 21).
Prior to Texas
Attended one year of prep school at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine (head coach Carl Hendrickson) ... starter at shooting guard during his season at MCI ... averaged 19 points, three rebounds and four assists per game while helping MCI post a 26-6 overall record ... his MCI team featured six players who went on to earn Division I scholarships (Luis Clemente, Texas A&M; Jai Lewis, George Mason; Kevin Massiah, Western Kentucky; Daniel Rumph, Western Kentucky; Blake Sholberg, St. Mary's [Calif.]) ... attended high school at Fremont High School in Los Angeles, Calif. (head coach Sam Sullivan) ... averaged 24 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals per game during his senior season ... named the co-Player of the Year for the Los Angeles City Section by the local media ... also one of six Southern California high school players honored as a Wooden Award SoCal High School All-Star following his senior campaign ... that list of six individuals included Tyson Chandler (now with the NBA's Chicago Bulls), Cedric Bozeman (played at UCLA) and Isaiah Fox (played at Arizona).
Full name is Kenton Leivo Paulino ... son of Melva Paulino ... youngest of eight children (five brothers and two sisters) ... born June 23, 1983 in Los Angeles.