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Chris Paul & Co. help Wake to impressive start

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Nov. 16, 2004
I was impressed watching Wake Forest in its season-opening, 97-76 win over George Washington in the Preseason NIT on Monday night.

Chris Paul
Wake Forest point guard Chris Paul averaged 14.8 points and 5.9 assists last season.
Wake Forest has been picked by most to be a top-five team, and Chris Paul and Co. did not disappoint. The Colonials certainly played hard. Coach Karl Hobbs, the former Connecticut assistant, has a team capable of winning the Atlantic 10. The bottom line is that the Demon Deacons had too much talent.

For the record, if there's a better college backcourt than point guard Chris Paul and shooting guard Justin Gray, I'd like to see it.

There is no combination guard in America like Paul -- my definition of "combination guard" is one who can score as well as distribute the rock. Isiah Thomas and Allen Iverson were sensational combination guards in the collegiate ranks (and in the pros too). Paul is the most talented perimeter player in college basketball.

Coach Skip Prosser had to be glad to see Paul and Gray combine for 43 points (a game-high 25 for Paul).

It looks like Wake Forest will have a big, big year. Eric Williams looked solid inside, and it helps to have a healthy Vytas Danelius in the lineup. Having that duo up front gives Prosser's team balance.

It all starts with Paul, the engine and super soph. He's a member of my Super Six players in America: Chris Paul, Wayne Simien, Hakim Warrick, Raymond Felton, Julius Hodge and Lawrence Roberts. Paul, Felton and Hodge are all from the ACC, which tells you how strong that league is.

Paul is unique and special. It will be fun to see him play this season.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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