In just a few short weeks, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul will serve as a captain in a matchup of the world’s greatest basketball players, at the 2013 NBA All-Star game.
The No. 3 has not been worn by a player at Wake since Paul departed for the NBA in 2005.
Though he only played two seasons for Wake Forest, Paul has become a legend in Winston Salem. In his first year, he earned ACC rookie of the year honors, averaging 14.9 points and 5.9 assists during the Deacons’ run to the Sweet 16.
In his sophomore season, Paul led Wake to the first No 1. national ranking in school history.
His number will be forever hanging in Joel Coliseum, joining a select class of Deacons’ greats. Josh Howard (5), 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), are the jerseys that Paul’s will accompany.
The question arises, how good does a player truly have to be to get their number retired? Pretty darn elite if you ask me. I haven’t personally analyzed the ring of honor at NCAA arenas across the nation, but the names listed above are some of the greatest of all time.
I forgot to mention, the entire community of Wake Forest will recognize March 2 as “Chris Paul” day. Yeah, I’d say he’s a pretty big deal.
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