One of the nation's top point guards and a strong candidate for All-America honors in 2004-05... one of 23 players invited to try out for the USA Under 20 Basketball Team in July... earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors last season, edging out Duke's Luol Dang... was named the National Freshman of the Year by a variety of sources... broke a number of Wake Forest freshman records... possesses all the tools of a great point guard... extremely quick... takes care of the basketball... an excellent passer with a very high assist-to-turnover ratio... shoots well from behind the three-point arc (46.5 percent as a freshman)... is at his best on the fastbreak or when driving to the basket... went to the free throw line more often (178 attempts) than any Deacon player last season... also solid on the defensive end, earning ACC All-Defensive Team honors last season... an outstanding student with an eye on Academic All-America honors... a natural leader who should be more comfortable in that role this season... enters 2004-05 having dished out at least four assists in 20 consecutive games... already has two 30-point games under his belt.
Started all 31 games... averaged a team-high 33.6 minutes per game... racked up several regional and national individual awards... named the ACC Rookie of the Year... third team All-ACC... honorable mention All-America (AP)... named the National Freshman of the Year by College Insider, The Sporting News, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale... named first team Freshman All-America by Rivals.com... a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award... a midseason finalist for the John R. Wooden Award... a candidate for the Naismith Award...named the National Player of the Week by Fox Sports (Feb. 21)... was ESPN's "Big Man On Campus" (Feb. 23)... named to the ACC's All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams... earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors five times... named second team All-ACC Tournament even though the Deacons were bounced in the quarterfinals... led the team in assists (183), steals (84), three-point field goal percentage (.465), free throws (150), free throw attempts (178) and free throw percentage (.843)... nearly shot 50 percent from the field overall (.496)... had an outstanding assist-turnover ratio with 183 assists and 82 turnovers, ranking second in the ACC... scored 460 points... ranked second on the team in scoring average (14.8 ppg.)... only Muggsy Bogues (in both 1985 and 1986) had more Wake Forest single-season steals... his 183 assists were the fifth-most single-season assists in Wake Forest history... his three-point field goal percentage (.465) was the fourth-best in school history... his free throw percentage (.843) was the 15th-best in Wake Forest history... broke five Wake Forest freshman records -- three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists and steals... his scoring average was the third-highest ever by a Wake freshman... only Frank Johnson in 1977 played more minutes as a freshman... only Josh Howard and Tim Duncan started more Wake Forest games as a freshman... led the ACC and ranked eighth nationally in steals per game... ranked 22nd nationally in assists per game... ranked third in the ACC and 48th nationally in free throw percentage... ranked third in the ACC in assists... ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring... averaged 21.0 ppg. in the month of March... also averaged 21.0 ppg. in three NCAA Tournament games... scored in double figures 20 times.
BIGGEST GAMES OF 2003-04
Dished out nine assists and had six steals to go with 12 points in Dec. 15 road win at SMU... played 46 minutes in Wake's thrilling triple-overtime win at No. 4 North Carolina on Dec. 20... scored 18 points, dished out eight assists and had five steals in the win over the Tar Heels... made a career-high four 3-point field goals (on six attempts) Jan. 3 vs. New Mexico... went 3-of-4 from behind the arc and made 10-of-11 free throws en route to 25 points in home win over Maryland (Jan. 29)... made 10-of-14 field goals including all three 3-point attempts on the way to a career-high 30 points against 13th-ranked Cincinnati (Feb. 15)... dished out a career-high 10 assists in key road win at Maryland (Feb. 28)... made all three 3-point field goal attempts on the way to 21 points at Virginia (March 2)... matched a career-high with 30 points and went 9-of-9 from the free throw line in ACC Tournament loss to Maryland... scored 29 points, had six assists, just one turnover and three steals in NCAA Tournament win over Manhattan (March 20).
West Forsyth High School, 2003 ... averaged 30.8 points, 8.0 assists, 6.0 steals and 5.0 rebounds per contest for David Laton's West Forsyth squad in 2002-03 ... led the Titans to the Class 4-A Eastern Regional Final and an overall record of 27-3 ... a 2003 McDonald's High School All-American (East Team) ... dished out 10 assists in the McDonald's HS All-America game and was awarded the sportsmanship award ... selected as a 2003 Parade High School All-American ... named to USA Today's All-USA high school second team ... named to the NC All-Northwest Team ... the Associated Press North Carolina High School Player of the Year ... an AP All-State selection ... named North Carolina's Mr. Basketball by Charlotte Observer ... a three-time recipient of the Winston-Salem Journal's Frank Spencer Award for top boys basketball player ... played in the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro, along with current teammates Todd Hendley and Jeremy Ingram ... ranked as the nation's No. 9 high school prospect -- and top point guard prospect -- by PrepStars ... ranks fourth in the NCHSAA record books for points scored in a game (61 vs. Parkland, 2002) ... participated in the USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival ... holds individual festival record for most steals (14) by an East team member ... member of the Silver team in the Jordan Brand Capitol Classic All-Star game ... had 18 points and six assists in that event ... led West Forsyth to a 26-4 record and the semifinals of the state 4-A championship as a junior ... averaged 25 points, 5.3 assists and 4.4 steals per game as a junior ... the 2002 Central Piedmont 4-A Player of the Year ... a 2002 AP second team All-State selection as a junior ... led AAU team Kappa Magic to the U-17 National Championship and was selected tournament MVP.
Paul's teammates on the East squad at the 2003 McDonald's All-America Game included LeBron James, Travis Outlaw and Charlie Villanueva ... parents are Charles and Robin Paul ... brother, C.J. plays basketball for South Carolina-Spartanburg ... when Paul scored 61 points in one game as a high school senior, he did so in honor of his grandfather, who was tragically murdered days before ... when Paul reached the 61-point mark (his grandfather was 61-years old), he intentionally missed a free throw, then took himself out of the game even though the state high school scoring record was well within reach ... Paul had told his coach before the game that he was going to do something "very special" for his grandfather ... nickname is "CP"... high school teammates Tim Crews (Lenoir Rhyne) and Dustin Caudle (Mars Hill) are also playing at the college level ... AAU teammates Rey Terry (UNC) and Roy Peake (Winston Salem State) are also playing college ball.