An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Consensus First Team All-American as a sophomore, earning recognition from the Associated Press, NABC and USBWA. Was a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Rupp Player of the Year awards. Named First Team All-ACC and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. Named ACC Rookie of the Year, Third Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-America (AP) as a freshman in 2003-04. Helped lead Wake to 48 wins in two seasons, two NCAA Tournament berths and one Sweet 16 appearance. Finished career just short of 1,000 career points with 948. His career free throw percentage (.838) ranks fifth in Wake Forest history. His career three-point percentage (.469) is the second-highest in Wake history. Ranks seventh in school history with 395 career assists and seventh in steals (160).
Sophomore (2004-05): Named First Team All-ACC. Led the conference in both assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and steals (2.4 spg). His 76 steals were the fourth-most in Wake history. Ranked second in the ACC and 13th nationally in assists (6.6 apg). His 212 assists were the third-most in Wake Forest history. In ACC games only, Paul averaged 7.0 assists to rank first. Led the team and ranked ninth in the ACC in minutes played (33.4 mpg). Ranked 14th in the ACC in scoring (15.3 ppg). In nine games against nationally-ranked teams, led the team in scoring (18.1 ppg), shot 50 percent from three-point range and 87 percent from the line. Averaged a team-high 21.0 points in the NCAA Tournament. Scored in double figures 24 times
Freshman (2003-04): Named the National Freshman of the Year by College Insider, The Sporting News, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale. Led the team in assists (183), steals (84), three-point percentage (.465) and free throw percentage (.843). Ranked second on the team in scoring (14.8 ppg), the third-highest by a freshman. Broke five Wake Forest freshman records -- three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists and steals. 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. Averaged 21.0 points in three NCAA Tournament games. Scored in double figures 20 times.
Strengths: The consummate point guard. Can score, pass, defend and has excellent leadership skills. Shoots a very high percentage from behind the arc.
Personal: Son of Charles and Robin Paul. Brother C.J. plays basketball at South Carolina-Spartanburg. As a freshman at Wake, Paul carried with him to every game a copy of his grandfather’s obituary. Paul’s grandfather was tragically killed during his senior year of high school. On the day of the funeral, Paul went out and scored 61 points – one for every year of his grandfather’s life.