CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA -- Chris Paul's AAU coach has been very clear about his thoughts on his star point guard. "I told you he is one of the best players in the country," said Andre Gould. "Chris can play with anyone. He is an outstanding player."
RivalsHoops.com first saw Paul last summer. His game has grown tremendously over the past season. Paul consistently put up terrific numbers and he rarely forced a shot. The amazing part about Paul's game is he does everything low-key and does it within the flow of the game.
"I am just trying to help my team win," Paul said. "I just want to use the summer to help my team win and try to improve my game more."
Paul chose Wake Forest over such schools like North Carolina and Connecticut. "I loved the coaches at Wake Forest and I like the style of play there too," Paul said. "I think they have a chance to win a lot of games."
Paul, a 6-1, 165-pound point guard from West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina, also re-stated that family atmosphere at Wake also contributed to his early decision. Paul told us that he will work on two areas this spring and summer -- quickness and strength.
Paul averaged 26 points and 8.7 assists as a junior this past year for his high school team. He has over a 3.5 GPA and has scored almost a 1000 on his SAT. "He is not only a great player but a great kid," Gould said. "He does so many positive things out on the court."
And many of us saw them up close this past weekend.