Chris Paul had a simple message when talking about his decision. "It was all about Wake Forest," Paul said. "I know people are going to point to the past season that North Carolina had. But every team has ups and downs. And Carolina is an up and coming team."
But Paul selected Wake Forest. "It's like what Skip Prosser told me on my visit," Paul said. "It's not just a four year deal. It's a lifetime deal. I really had a great trip and felt very comfortable with the coaches."
It was yesterday, on his 17th birthday, that Chris Paul, a 6-1, 165-pound point guard from West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina, committed to Wake Forest.
"People are saying we have too many guards at Wake," Paul said. "But I don't believe that. I spent a lot of time with the players. I think we can make it work."
Paul said the family atmosphere at Wake also contributed to his early decision. "Everyone gets along there and that was important," Paul said. "I have a lot of good relationships with all the coaches who were recruiting me. It was very hard to say no to the other schools because I like the coaches."
Paul told us that he will work on two areas this spring and summer -- quickness and strength. "I want to be strong enough to play in the ACC right away," Paul said. "That's my goal right now."
It was only a few weeks ago that
Paul averaged 26 points and 8.7 assists as a junior this past year for his high school team. Paul also considered North Carolina, NC State, Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Clemson, and UNCC. He has over a 3.5 GPA and has scored almost a 1000 on his SAT.