Charles Edward Paul Jr. (February 13, 1983) is an American former college basketball player who played for USC Upstate Spartans and Hampton Pirates. He is the older brother of current NBA player Chris Paul.
Paul was born on February 13, 1983 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones. Paul's younger brother Chris is the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets. A former athlete himself, Charles Sr. taught his sons basketball and football and coached them in various youth leagues throughout their childhoods.Growing up, the Paul brothers spent their summers working at a service station owned by their grandfather Nathanial Jones,to whom Paul attributes many life lessons, and describes as his "best friend". One of Paul's uncles is a police officer.
Paul attended West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina.Before finishing his college basketball career at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, C.J. Paul was a scholarship-holding basketball player at Hampton University in Virginia.He and younger brother faced each other in a 2004 collegiate basketball game between Wake Forest University and USC-Upstate.
Paul and wife Desiree have twins.