Exclusive Interview: Chris Paul

Wake Forest picked up a verbal commitment from star junior point guard Chris Paul after his visit this weekend. Tuesday, Paul talked with DeaconSports about the reasons behind his decision.

Monday afternoon, Wake Forest's basketball program received the news it was looking for. Chris Paul, a 6'0" point guard from West Forsyth High in Clemmons, North Carolina called the Wake coaching staff and verbally committed to Wake Forest.

Paul, one of the top five point guards in the nation, was highly recruited before selecting Wake Forest. After averaging 26 points and almost nine assists per game this past season, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Clemson, Boston College, and Charlotte were all impressed enough to offer Paul a scholarship.

Paul, a great student who has already qualified academically, loved everything Wake had to offer him. The family atmosphere at Wake Forest, especially within the basketball program, was the reason he committed, however. "They made it feel like a family," he said. "They were great and I got along great with Taron, my host. [We] got along perfect. [The visit] was great all around. Unbelievable."

While his connection with Taron was key in such a great visit, Paul already has other friends on the team. Richard Joyce and Chris are great friends and Chris also knows incoming freshmen Trent Strickland, Justin Gray, and Eric Williams. And now, with Todd Hendley verbally committing as well, Paul has another good friend to play along with over the next few years.

Another key in Paul's comfort with Wake Forest, Coach Prosser, and his staff, was the commitment Wake's staff gave to Paul's future. "All of [the coaching staff] said that it was not a four-year deal, but a lifetime deal at Wake."

Now, with his college decision out of the way, Paul can focus more on his studies and working on his game. While some colleges will continue to try to coax Paul out of his verbal with Wake, the hassle of the recruiting process will diminish.

The next time for Wake fans to see Paul in action is expected to be in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions over Memorial Day weekend. In the meantime, Paul says he is looking to improve his "strength, speed, and quickness."

Paul also noted that he will not make any more visits to other schools for the time being. His visit to Wake was enough for him to decide that he wants to be a Demon Deacon. "I'm set on Wake," Paul noted.

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