2003 Spotlight: Chris Paul

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Friday was a big night for high school basketball at Reynolds High School. Howard West's Reynolds team held on for a 77-71 win over West Forsyth but the real news is the emergence of Chris Paul (Class of 2003) as a prospect.

Paul Beginning To Rise As A Prospect

One of the most exciting things you see when go to watch players is when the player in question displays a "presence." West Forsyth junior point guard Chris Paul has a presence.

His team was on the losing end of the outcome Friday night against Reynolds as they fell 77-71. Paul scored 30 in the loss, including a 14-for-18 from the line. Paul, once thought to be a borderline high-major guy is a bonafide top-flight point guard.

Paul, not overly quick, uses his dribble extremely well to get into the lane and in turn get to the line. He's a fine shooter from beyond the arc and absolutely understands the game and how to distribute the ball.

With coaches from NC State (Mark Phelps), Charlotte (Bobby Lutz), Richmond (Mike Jones) and UNC-Wilmington (Rodney Terry) in attendance, Paul dazzled.

He's smooth and none of his offense was forced, despite a terrific game plan against him that consisted of traps and pressure from a number of areas. Paul backed defenders down into the lane with his dribble, displayed a good burst to the rim and went 4-for-10 from downtown, including a 27-footer at the buzzer of the third quarter.

Down the stretch, his effectiveness off the dribble was reduced because he had four fouls and had to be careful. However, once he drove the lane, shielded the ball and finished high off the glass with his off hand. He buried a 3 with two guys draped all over. On another 3 attempt he was fouled, missed the first shot and recovered to make the last two.

Paul will play with the Kappa Magic this summer. He likes Wake Forest (former Deac Tim Fuller is an assistant at West Forsyth), NC State, Clemson, Charlotte, Michigan State, UConn and Tennessee. He also likes Duke but the Devils aren't courting PGs this year.

For Reynolds, Radford-bound guard Whit Holcomb-Faye scored 31 in the win. Junior power forward Keith Foster scored 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Notes:

The atmosphere at Reynolds High is terrific. From the singer of the national anthem to West blowing his wife a kiss at halftime, this is a great place to watch a game. The opposing student sections were creative, rowdy and entertaining. … Paul's father is an assistant at West Forsyth. … Rayshawn Terry, a swingman from Winston-Salem Glenn, played in his first high school game Friday night since transferring to Reynolds. He looked good scoring 15 points, including 9 straight free throws. …

The crowd at Reynolds High is terrific!

Chris Paul (middle) and Tim Fuller (right)

A hand injury did little to slow down Paul

West Forsyth students respond to Rayshawn Terry's transfer to Reynolds


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