2003 Recruiting Profile: Chris Paul

An update to the recruiting profile for Chris Paul, one of Wake Forest's main recruiting targets for 2003. Paul, a local product, is being recruited by many of the top colleges throughout the nation.

Name: Chris Paul
Position: Point Guard
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
School: West Forsyth
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 160 pounds

June 13, 2002
May 25, 2002
May 25, 2002
May 8, 2002
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May 2, 2002
    According to sources close to the Wake Forest program as well as Hot News on Chris Paul, West Forsyth guard Chris Paul will head to Wake Forest this weekend for his official visit.

    This will be Paul's first official visit. DeaconSports will work to get in touch with Paul after his official visit to see what he thought of Wake Forest and its basketball program.

April 23, 2002
    West Forsyth's Chris Paul is one of the nation's top point guards in the class of 2003. Although small in stature at 6'0" and 160 pounds, Paul has big-time game.

    This past season, Paul averaged 25 points per game. A leader on the court, Paul has consistently displayed his ability to pass the ball this past season while also proving he could hit the three.

    Paul also had an excellent tournament at the Boo Williams Invitational, impressing everyone. He averaged almost 18 points per game in the Boo Williams tournament. And, with his steady and stellar performances, his recruitment is really starting to pick up, with many of the top names contacting him.

    N.C. State, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Clemson, Stanford, North Carolina, and Charlotte are some of the schools that have contacted him. North Carolina, Wake, State, Boston College, Charlotte and others have all offered Paul scholarships early in his recruitment.

April 18, 2002
    This past week has not been just another week in the life of Chris Paul. It has been much more than that. Two more schools offered Paul a scholarship this past week, bringing his total to seven.

    Early this week, Chris was offered former Wake coach Dave Odom of South Carolina. However, Wednesday night, in-state school North Carolina visited with Paul and his father at West Forsyth High School.

    Our friends at Inside Carolina note that both Matt Doherty and assistant Doug Wojcik were present Wednesday as Paul worked out and then a formal scholarship offer was extended.

    Paul has noted in the past that he has always been a lifelong UNC fan. He did not commit to the Heels when the offer was extended, however, and is expected to wait until the summer to do so.

    With UNC's leap into the Paul sweepstakes, Chris now has seven known scholarship offers. N.C. State, Wake Forest, Boston College, South Carolina, Clemson, Charlotte, and North Carolina have all offered.

    For more on Paul's UNC offer, check out Inside Carolina

April 3, 2002 - David Hall * DeaconSports
    Scouting Chris Paul 6-0 PG West Forsyth/Kappa Magic -
    The first thing I noticed about Chris was his on-court demeanor. He is one of the most competitive players I've watched, and he truly fits into the "floor general" category, constantly barking out orders to teammates who seem to respect his commands.

    As far as playing ability, Chris is a very unique and talented player. First off, Chris seemed to get at least two or three wide opens looks at 3-pointers per game, and he didn't come close to missing any of them. His effectiveness did decrease significantly when a defender was nearby, and he was much more comfortable catching and shooting as opposed to shooting off the dribble. Very few of Chris' points came inside the three-point line. He didn't look for mid-range jumpers. Taking the ball to the hoop is definitely not a strength right now. When he does penetrate, he is almost always looking to pass, even if there is a path to the basket. Chris is not a physically strong player even at this level, and he'll need to get stronger if he ever wants to consistently score in traffic.

    Chris' strength is in his passing. He consistently pushed the ball and looked to get it to open teammates. He did force a few too many passes, at times trying for the spectacular when something less would have been effective.

    Defensively, Chris gets his hands on a lot of passes. He is not as effective as an on-the-ball defender, but is quick enough to do an adequate job.

    For what it's worth (probably not much), the consensus in the stands this weekend is that State is the school to beat for Chris' services.

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