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Wake Forest retires Paul's jersey

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP)

Chris Paul says he got goosebumps when he learned Wake Forest wanted to retire his jersey No. 3.

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, right, points to a banner as his son Christopher Emmanuel Paul II, bottom, and his wife Jada Paul, left,

Los Angeles Clippers and ex-Wake Forest guard Chris Paul (right) and family, son Christopher Emmanuel Paul II and wife Jada Paul, left, during Paul's ceremony where his jersey was retired.

Chuck Burton

The school honored the point guard and NBA All-Star Game MVP during halftime of the Maryland-Wake Forest game Saturday.

During a pregame news conference, the Winston-Salem native repeatedly referred to the city and campus as ''home'' and said he keeps a 336 phone number — this city's area code. He says the honor is more special to him ''because it's home.''

His banner was unfurled next to his college coach's — the late Skip Prosser. They led the Demon Deacons to their first No. 1 ranking in 2004-05. Paul left school after two seasons and was the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 2006 with New Orleans.

Unfortunately, the Demon Deacons lost to the Terrapins 67-57. Wake Forest (12-16, 5-11 ACC) failed to score a field goal in the final four minutes.

Maryland improved to 20-9 overall and 8-8 in the conference.

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