Chris Paul commits to Wake

Chris Paul, the West Forsyth (NC) point guard, reportedly committed to Wake Forest yesterday.

Chris Paul
6-0, 165 pounds
West Forsyth (NC)

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5/7: "There will be happy people, and there will be upset people, but I am excited," Paul told the Winston-Salem Journal. "They made a great impression at Wake. Taron Downey was my host, and we got along real great. And I liked Jamaal Levy a lot, too, and I know the recruits coming in (this fall). There are some great players coming, and I think we can really do something."

5/6: In a surprising development, Chris Paul committed to Wake Forest this afternoon, according to Dave Telep of Paul spent last weekend in Winston-Salem on an official visit.

4/30: Several sources are reporting that Paul will take an official visit to Wake Forest this coming weekend. Paul's Kappa Magic squad won the state AAU title over the weekend in Charlotte.

4/23: "He can do some nice things penetrating," Laton told the Fayetteville Observer, "getting to the basket and handing to people for layups or getting his own shot. Chris can get into the lane and create. He makes other kids better.

"We emphasize fundamentals, and Chris is a fundamentally sound player. ... He is a very clever defender who also anticipates well off the ball. He is deceptively quick. He's very savvy on the floor and is a great communicator. We run a passing game and fast break a lot. He is great on the break, getting people the ball and making real good decisions." (link)

4/20: "[Paul]'s a great leader, on and off the floor," West Forsyth head coach Dave Laton told the Greensboro News & Record. "He's been around my program since the seventh grade and he's a great competitor who's more interested in winning than his own stats. Skip Prosser loves him and (State coach) Herb Sendek told him he was their No. 1 recruit."

4/17: The visit went off as planned tonight, with Matt Doherty and assistant Doug Wojcik meeting with Paul and Paul's father at West Forsyth. After a workout, Paul received a formal scholarship offer to attend Carolina. In the discussion, Doherty and Wojcik highlighted Paul's leadership skills and also talked about the presence and role of Raymond Felton. An admitted lifelong Tar Heel fan, Paul has been receiving heavy interest (and offers) from N.C. State and Wake Forest, among others, and has no plans to make a commitment anytime soon. He hopes to decide by the end of the summer.

4/17: According to Dave Telep, the Tar Heels will offer a scholarship to Paul this evening. Matt Doherty is scheduled to meet with Paul at West Forsyth early this evening. South Carolina, Boston College, Wake Forest, Clemson, NC State and Charlotte are the other schools that have offered thus far. (link)

4/17: After Wojcik scouted Paul two weeks ago, Matt Doherty will make the trip to West Forysth late this afternoon.

4/16: Clint Jackson, writing at -- "Paul is a special type of player who understands how to be a floor general. He doesn't turn the ball over, he forces the defense out of position and he understands spacing for himself and he helps get it for his teammates by allowing the double teams to collapse on him before whipping a clever pass to a teammate for the score. He's exactly the type of point guard that every coach wants." (link)

4/14: Paul unofficially visited the NC State campus this weekend, where he formalled received a scholarship offer from the Wolfpack.

4/10: How will the transfer of Adam Boone affect Carolina recruiting? A look at the 2003-2004 Depth Chart, the freshmen season for the Class of 2003, reveals that there might be a need for another floor general. As noted in the 4/5 update below, the Tar Heel staff recently scouted Paul and have seen his West Forsyth team play before (even if the original intention wasn't to watch him). North Carolina's interest in Paul is worth keeping an eye on the next few months. Fans can next watch him when his Kappa Magic team participates in the Memorial Day Weekend Tournament of Champions.

4/8: Scouting report by Prep Stars' Rob Harrington -- "We were initially skeptical of Paul's listed 6-0 height, but he appeared to be at least 5-11 when we talked to him after one game. But Paul is very slight, which gives the appearance that he's a smaller guy than he really is. That lack of bulk could hurt him in some situations, but he didn't have problems this past weekend, using his scoring and handling ability to knife through defenses and score short-range buckets. Paul also is a capable shooter who, though not possessing textbook form, hits a fair percentage of his threes. What we like best about the Clemmons (NC) West Forsyth star is how he dribbles with his head up and how he finishes acrobatically at the rim ..." (link)

4/7: The AP named Paul to the All-State second team.

4/7: "On the first day that they could call, I got calls from North Carolina, Stanford, N.C. State and Clemson," Paul told "Clemson and Wake really want me, and so does Tennessee. I really don't know how serious North Carolina is." (link)

4/5: From IC's coverage of the Boo Williams Invitational --

"What a passer ! This petite floor general from West Forsyth (N.C.) looked terrific tonight. He has an incredible amount of poise and seems to be able to see plays before they develop. He's creative, smart and savvy. He consistently makes good decisions and hands out dimes right and left. ..." Paul said North Carolina assistant coach Doug Wojcik came by to check him out three days ago. He added that N.C. State, Wake Forest and Clemson have all offered scholarships. Connecticut, Tennessee and Stanford are also on his list. (Friday Night Notes from Boo)

3/26: "Since I was little I've always been the biggest UNC Tar Heels fan -- a crazy Tar Heel fan," Paul told Clint Jackson. "I have warm-up suits, posters, the whole nine yards. I'd always told myself that there's no other school I'd want to go to except for UNC. And UNC just so happens to be in the ACC. The ACC is so competitive ... which makes it even more exciting. Every game in the ACC is unpredictable. You never know who's going to win the game until there is no time left. Also it's just the fact that the ACC is the best conference in the country. People would kill for the chance to compete on the ACC level." (link)

3/20: Final junior season averages -- 25 points, 5.3 assists and 4.4 steals last.

1/27: From TheInsidersHoops -- "Paul, once thought to be a borderline high-major guy is a bonafide top-flight point guard. ... 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. 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 ..." (link)

8/1: Dave Telep at the AAU Nationals -- "He hit for 31 against the Illinois Warriors. His brother is a college basketball player this year and Chris has yet to play a varsity game. He might get that chance this season. He's one of the top underclassmen PGs in North Carolina and his feel for the game; quicks and stroke were on display in this one." (link)

6/26: Paul led West Forysth to the finals of the State Games.

Paul, a 5'10'' point guard, and the younger brother of just-graduated three-year starter C.J, led the team with a scoring average of 17 points per game. He hit the winning shot for two of his 24 points in a 62-60 victory over Seventy-First, and two clutch free throws in overtime versus Greensboro Day. (link)

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