Paul Clifton Anthony George was born in Palmdale, California, to Paul George and Paulette George. His older sister. Teiosha, played basketball at Pepperdine University. He has another older sister, Portala, who played volleyball at California State University, San Bernardino. Paul George attended Knight High School in Palmdale, California. He moved up to the varsity basketball team as a sophomore and averaged 5.4 points along with 3.0 rebounds for the Hawks. It wasn't until his senior year that George blossomed, however. That year, he averaged 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.7 blocks per game and led Knight to the Golden League championship. George was named the Golden League Most Valuable Player, the Antelope Valley Press Player of the Year, and a member of the Daily News 2007-08 All-Area Boys' basketball team. In August 2014, George had his uniform number changed from 24 to 13. He donated all of his old jerseys to Knight High School. In 2015, George and his mother teamed up with the American Stroke Association and the Ad Council on a campaign to educate others about the warning signs of a stroke. Learn more about George by following him on Twitter (@Yg_Trece) and on Instagram (@ygtrece). Before settling on Fresno State, George committed to both Santa Clara and Pepperdine. Once he became a Bulldog in 2008-09, he started every game in which he appeared. As a freshman, he averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds and gave the team a solid frontcourt duo with Sylvester Seay. The team went just 3-13, but George showed off his scoring potential by putting up 29 points in a win over Boise State. The 6-foot-7 forward took over the scoring lead as a sophomore, pacing the team with 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. He missed four games with a sprained ankle, but he returned to score a career-high 30 points in a win over New Mexico State. George was named to the All-WAC Second Team and Fresno State posted a 7-9 conference record. After the season, the forward announced that he would forgo his last two years of eligibility and apply for the 2009 NBA Draft. He was chosen by the Indiana Pacers with the 10th overall pick.