Chris Paul (PG)

NC State's #1 target from the Class of 2003, might well be Chris Paul. TSW takes a look at the crafty point guard from Clemmons NC.<br> <font size=1 color=cc0000>Update: Telep reports Paul to Wake</font>


Name: Chris Paul
Position: Point Guard
Hometown: Clemmons, NC
High School: West Forsyth
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 150
HS Graduation Year: 2003
School Preferences: Committed to Wake Forest


TSW Bullet Points:
  • Junior stats - averaged 25 points per game.
  • Listed as a High Major prospect by Insider's Dave Telep
  • Paul is an excellent student and should have no problem qualifying.
  • Made All-State as a Junior.

    Update * May 6, 2002: Dave Telep says it is official. Chris Paul had a great trip to Wake Forest this weekend and he has decided to commit to the Demon Deacons. Read the complete article from TheInsidersHoops.com.

    Update * May 1, 2002: Dave Telep is reporting that Paul will take his first official visit to Wake Forest this weekend. Paul is also expected to visit UNC and NC State in the future. Read the complete article from TheInsidersHoops.com.

    Update * April 23, 2002: Dave Telep from The Insiders is reporting that Chris Paul now favors UNC, NC State and Wake Forest. Paul says he could decide after the crazy AAU and camp scene concludes. Read the complete article from TheInsidersHoops.com.

    Update April 17, 2002: (TSW Staff)
    Dave Telep is reporting in the Hot News that Coach Matt Doherty from UNC-CH visited with Chris on Wednesday and extended an offer. He now has offers from UNC-CH, South Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College, Clemson, and Charlotte.

    Update * April 7, 2002: Chris was named by the Associated Press to the All-State second team. InsideCarolina.com also had a nice update on his play in the Boo Williams. Comparing Chris to other point guards in the junior class, they said "if there are some better ones in the 2003 class in terms of leadership and ball distribution, they've got their work cut out for them to out-play Mr. Paul".

    Update * March 26, 2002: Clint Jackson caught up with Chris Paul and has a Q&A up on ACCToday.com. Wake has offered and he believes NC State has offered as well. He also is a huge UNC fan! It seems the recruiting process is heating up for this prime time recruit.

    Update * March 10, 2002:West Forsyth loses a heartbreaker to Reynolds in the Class 4-A Western Regional final, 56-53. Chris Paul exploded for 34 points. West Forsyth was down as many as 13 in the second half, but Paul scored 10 3rd quarter points to keep the game close.

    Update * March 3, 2002: Chris Paul capped a 28-point performance by forcing a crucial turnover and hitting two free throws in the final five seconds to clinch visiting West Forsyth's 63-60 win in the boys championship game of Class 4-A West Sectional 3 tournament at North Forsyth. Coach Sendek was in the standing room only crowd watching Paul play.

    Update * January 27, 2002: Dave Telep scouted Chris Paul at the Reynolds/West Forsyth which Reynolds won 77-71. Dave was impressed with what he saw."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."

    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.

    Scouting Report: (Jerry Cornwell * TSW)
    Chris Paul has all the qualities seen in a great point guard. He is a fierce competitor, a natural leader, and he knows how to distribute the ball to his teammates. He also has the ability to consistently hit clutch 3 point shots. He is not overly quick, but is fast enough with his dribble to be one of the best point guards in the class of 2003.

    Dave Telep scouted Paul in January and watched him explode for 30 points. He scored inside, outside and from the free throw line. Telep noted Paul; "developing into a fine prospect. He carries himself like a player and is good with the ball. Very savvy and a leader. Shot from deep looks and gets it off quickly. Looks to pass and make plays".

    Paul's recruitment is beginning to heat up. He was visited by Stanford and Clemson on April 3. Wake Forest and NC State are also heavily involved and he has made unofficial visits to both. He remains open to all offers at this point.



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