Colleges

Wake Forest to retire Chris Paul's jersey

Posted January 30, 2013

— Wake Forest will retire the No. 3 jersey of former Demon Deacon All-American Chris Paul during a halftime ceremony at the March 2 game against Maryland.

As part of Chris Paul Day presented by Lowe’s Home Improvement, Wake Forest will honor Paul at a breakfast to benefit the CP3 Foundation and then at the noon game against Maryland.

The breakfast will be held at the Grand Pavilion at the Embassy Suites in Winston-Salem at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The breakfast is open the public at a cost of $100 per person, with proceeds benefitting the CP3 Foundation. For reservations, call the Wake Forest Sports Marketing Office at 336-758-7225.

The first 10,000 fans in attendance at the game later that day will receive a free tie-dye t-shirt compliments of Jordan Brand.

Paul’s No. 3 will be the 11th Wake Forest jersey honored in the rafters of the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Paul is the first Deacon to have his number retired since Josh Howard’s No. 5 in January 2004. No Deacon has worn No. 3 since Paul left Wake Forest for the NBA in 2005.

Other Demon Deacons to have their jerseys retired are Charlie Davis (12), Muggsy Bogues (14), Skip Brown (15), Tim Duncan (21), Randolph Childress (22), Dickie Hemric (24), Rod Griffin (32), Len Chappell (50) and Rodney Rogers (54).

Paul, who grew up 10 minutes from the Wake Forest campus in Lewisville, played two seasons for the Deacons from 2003-05. As a freshman in 2003-04, Paul was named ACC Rookie of the Year after averaging 14.9 points and 5.9 assists per game. He led Wake Forest to a 21-10 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Paul propelled the Deacons to new heights as a sophomore in 2004-05, as Wake Forest won a school-record 27 games and rose to No. 1 in the national polls for the first time in program history.

As a sophomore, Paul was a consensus first team All-American after he averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 assists per game. He also picked up ACC All-Defensive Team honors, leading the league with 2.4 steals per game.

Paul ended his Wake Forest career with 948 points, 395 assists and 160 steals. He ranks eighth in school history in assists and seventh all-time in steals despite playing just two seasons. Paul’s teams went a combined 30-4 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2004-05.

Paul left Wake Forest for the NBA after his sophomore season and was the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. He was an instant success in the NBA, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2005-06.

Two years later in 2007-08, Paul finished as runner-up for NBA MVP, garnering 28 first-place votes after averaging 21.1 points and 11.6 assists per game and leading the Hornets to the Southwest Division title.

Paul spent his first six seasons in the NBA with New Orleans before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the 2011-12 season.

Paul is only the fifth player in NBA history to lead the league in both steals and assists in the same season (2007-08; 2008-09) and he is one of two players to accomplish the feat twice.

Arguably the best point guard in the game of basketball, Paul has also won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA. He served as the backup point guard on the 2008 team that won gold in Beijing before assuming the starting role on the 2012 squad that won gold in London.

Paul was recently selected to his sixth-straight NBA All-Star Game this season, which is the sixth-longest active streak in the NBA.

Paul has continued to make Winston-Salem his home since leaving Wake Forest, leading many philanthropic efforts in the area. He created his CP3 Foundation in 2005 as a partnership with The Winston-Salem Foundation in honor of his late grandfather.

The CP3 Foundation, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last several years, focuses on enriching the communities it services through initiatives including the Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund, in memory of Paul’s grandfather.

The scholarship is designated as 50 percent for a basketball student-athlete and 50 percent for a need-based student undergraduate scholarship with first preference given to students from West Forsyth High School.

The CP3 Foundation’s initiatives also include partnerships with Feed The Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity. The Foundation also sponsors and supports literacy initiatives, youth basketball clinics and court refurbishments, holiday giving and emergency preparedness initiatives.

A two-time Dean’s List member during his time on campus, Paul is committed to earning his degree from Wake Forest. He has carved time out of his busy schedule to return to the University for summer classes with the goal of graduating with a degree in communication.

The jersey retirement ceremony will be held at halftime of the Wake Forest-Maryland game. Tickets for the game are available online at WakeForestSports.com or by calling the Wake Forest Ticket Office at 336-758-3322.

7 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 31, 9:49 a.m.

    In your glowing remarks about Paul you forgot to mention him punching Hodge in the jewels.

    — Posted by Capitals Fan

    Jewelius Hodge?

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    After that low blow, it was almost Jewel-less Hodge.:-)

    That was the only time I ever saw CP do something like that.

    I'm glad to see Wake retire his jersey, he was a terrific player for Wake and he's having a very good NBA career.

    I agree with Toddler - Tim Duncan is the #1 player.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Jan 31, 9:47 a.m.

    Great player. My opinion the second best ever to play for Wake. Tim Duncan #1 of course!

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    I think it is neck and neck between him (CP) and Rodney Rogers for the second best player. Randolph Childress has to be up there, too.

    Who could ever forget this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRJMsoIptQo

  • Toddler10-21 Jan 31, 3:58 a.m.

    Great player. My opinion the second best ever to play for Wake. Tim Duncan #1 of course!

  • Hammerhead Jan 30, 7:54 p.m.

    In your glowing remarks about Paul you forgot to mention him punching Hodge in the jewels.

    — Posted by Capitals Fan

    Jewelius Hodge?

  • Hokies94 Jan 30, 6:45 p.m.

    In your glowing remarks about Paul you forgot to mention him punching Hodge in the jewels.

    — Posted by Capitals Fan

    Good one. I remember this one well. Congrat's to Paul. I used to go to Wake games when Charlie Davis, Muggsy, and Brown, and a host of other great ones were playing. I saw most all ACC teams during the years from the 80's to 97 in Winston-Salem. Loads of great players from these teams.

  • Capitals Fan Jan 30, 4:44 p.m.

    In your glowing remarks about Paul you forgot to mention him punching Hodge in the jewels.

  • zonk Jan 30, 4:43 p.m.

    He is mighty good. Forgot he was there 2 years I thought it was about 2 semesters.

TV
  • SEC: Arkansas at Missouri

    Today at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSFB: Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tonight at 11:35 on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
7:00pm Tonight
NCSU
BSU
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
GSW
8:00pm Tonight
UF
UNC
8:30pm Tonight
TULSA
ECU
Half
BOS 60
CHI 54
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
GSW
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
DAL
7:30pm Tonight
DET
MIL
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
NOP
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
LAC
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
NYK
8:00pm Tonight
IND
ORL
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
SAC
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
PHO
10:00pm Tonight
POR
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
 
3rd
SMU 9
HOU 14
 
3rd
IOWA 24
NEB 7
 
3rd
SFLA 0
UCF 14
 
3rd
MARS 42
WKENT 49
 
2nd
KSU 13
AKR 7
 
2nd
BGU 21
BST 10
 
2nd
UMASS 0
BUF 7
 
2nd
EMICH 6
TOL 21
 
2:30pm Today
MIZZ
ARK
3:00pm Today
SALABAMA
NAVY
3:30pm Today
ARZ
ARST
3:30pm Today
AFA
COLST
3:30pm Today
UCLA
STAN
8:00pm Tonight
VT
UVA
8:30pm Tonight
TULSA
ECU
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
 
2nd
TEXAM 50
NO 35
 
Half
NCAT 34
RAD 34
 
1st
GEOR 6
BUT 6
 
2:30pm Today
BRO
PVU
2:30pm Today
RIU
SCU
2:30pm Today
NARZ
SOUTH
3:00pm Today
DART
MAST
3:30pm Today
WRST
FIU
3:30pm Today
XAV
UTEP
4:00pm Today
OSU
JMU
4:00pm Today
TXSOU
LAM
 
4:00pm Today
TAMCC
MVSU
 
4:00pm Today
AKAN
MIZST
4:00pm Today
BUCK
PSU
 
4:00pm Today
PROV
YALE
4:30pm Today
UGA
MINN
4:30pm Today
WISC
OKLA
5:00pm Tonight
Terriers
NORST
 
5:00pm Tonight
PEAY
STEPH
6:00pm Tonight
FSU
CSOU
 
6:00pm Tonight
VALPO
DRAK
6:00pm Tonight
CIN
MTST
6:00pm Tonight
SDU
PRIN
6:00pm Tonight
CSFU
USCU
6:15pm Tonight
WASU
RICE
6:30pm Tonight
GT
RIDE
7:00pm Tonight
TXPA
ALAST
7:00pm Tonight
NCSU
BSU
7:00pm Tonight
TCU
BRAD
7:00pm Tonight
WAKE
DELST
 
7:00pm Tonight
HART
EMERSON
 
7:00pm Tonight
STJ
GONZ
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
HIGH
 
7:00pm Tonight
SYR
HC
 
7:00pm Tonight
MD
MON
7:00pm Tonight
JVST
SAV
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIAMI
SALA
7:00pm Tonight
RUTG
VANDY
7:30pm Tonight
PETE
TENST
8:00pm Tonight
MARS
CLST
8:00pm Tonight
JST
HOF
 
8:00pm Tonight
INDST
MEM
8:00pm Tonight
UF
UNC
8:00pm Tonight
LATU
SAMF
8:00pm Tonight
TULA
SELA
 
8:00pm Tonight
NEB
TENNM
8:30pm Tonight
MISS
CREI
8:30pm Tonight
PORT
MURST
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
MSU
9:00pm Tonight
ARK
UNT
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
STET
 
9:00pm Tonight
IND
UNCG
9:00pm Tonight
SJST
WMICH
9:05pm Tonight
MNTST
TXARL
9:30pm Tonight
UVA
LAS
9:30pm Tonight
STLU
MSST
9:30pm Tonight
COLST
PAC
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
NDAK
10:30pm Tonight
ILL
BAY
10:30pm Tonight
UAB
UCLA
11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
MERC
2nd
PHI 0
NYR 1
 
4:00pm Today
ANA
CHI
5:00pm Tonight
WAS
NYI
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
DET
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
MON
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
VAN
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
WIN
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
OTT
8:00pm Tonight
STL
EDM
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
MIN