George's rapid rise through the ranks of pro basketball landed him a spot on the stage at the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year Awards ceremony in Hollywood. George was only lightly recruited out of Knight High School in Palmdale, Calif., before arriving at Fresno State in 2008—the same year that Jrue Holiday took home the honor as the top male high school basketball player in the country.
And yet, here was Paul, handing off hardware to Andrew Wiggins, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. At 23, George is hardly an elder statesman, but even he has sage advice to offer an 18-year-old kid who, at 6'8" and about 200 pounds, is already expected to be the next face of pro basketball once LeBron James cedes his throne.
George sat down with Bleacher Report after the Gatorade reception to talk about Wiggins, how he's competing with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both on and off the court, and his expectations for himself and the Pacers this coming season.