Nicknamed CP3 because he, his father and his brother all have the same initials: C.P. (his father is CP1, his brother is CP2).
Scored 61 points in a 2002 high-school game as a tribute to his 61-year-old grandfather, who had just been murdered (he died the day after Paul signed with Wake Forest); after he reached 61 points, Paul intentionally missed a free throw and removed himself from the game.
Stitches the number 61 on his shoes.
Had a copy of his grandfather's obituary with him at every game during his first year at Wake Forest.
Holds the ACC record for steals by a freshman with 84 and also broke school freshman records for three-point percentage, free-throw percentage, free throws and assists.
Ranks second in minutes played as a freshman in school history behind former NBA player Frank Johnson (1977).
Ranks third in games started as a freshman in school history behind current NBA players Josh Howard (1999) and Tim Duncan (1994).
Named 2004 ACC Rookie of the Year and was named unanimously to the 2004 ACC All Rookie first team.
Led the Demon Deacons to two NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 in his freshman year (2004).
Two-time All-American at Wake Forest.
Coached at Wake Forest by Skip Prosser, who also coached Hornets teammate David West at Xavier.
Started the CPS Foundation in 2005 to better the Winston-Salem, NC, community.
Declared for the draft after his sophomore year at Wake Forest; selected fourth overall in the 2005 draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
Voted 2005-06 NBA Rookie of the Year almost unanimously; missed by only one vote (from a Utah journalist who voted for Deron Williams of the Jazz, who was drafted third).
Named to the 2006 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Played on Team USA in the 2006 FIBA Championship tournament, winning a bronze medal.
Named a spokesperson for the United States Bowling Congress in 2007.
Set Guinness record for sinking four half-court shots within a minute during 2008 All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
Second place in 2008 NBA MVP voting (Kobe Bryant).
Won a gold medal with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team.
Selected for the Western Conference All-Star Team, the All-NBA First Team and the All-Defensive Second Team in 2008.
Nathaniel Frederick Jones — Grandfather
Charles Paul — Father
C.J. Paul — Brother
Robin Paul — Mother
Christopher Emmanuel Paul II — Son
Jada Paul — Wife
Camryn Alexis Paul — Daughter
Attended Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Birth Name: Christopher Emmanuel Paul
Birth Place: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States