Chris Paul Launches HBCU Basketball Tournament
By: Tadi Abedje
The historically Black colleges and universities that will be featured in the tournament are Virginia Union University, West Virginia State University, Morehouse College and Winston-Salem State University. The contests are believed to be televised.
This is just another big project from Chris Paul, as he continues to be a huge advocate for HBCUs. Currently, he is enrolled at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) where he is working on a bachelor’s degree in communications. Also, Paul wears the WSSU gear to NBA games to put the attention on the schools.
“I appreciate the collaboration of the Basketball Hall of Fame and Mohegan Sun in hosting this inaugural event. With several family members and friends who have attended HBCUs, I know first-hand how important they are to our community and country’s future. I’m excited to offer an elevated experience to the players and fans this November,” he said on the Basketball Hall of Fame website.
Paul produced a docuseries called “Why Not Us” that explores the experience of the North Carolina Central University men’s basketball team led by a Black head coach, LeVelle Moton. The significance of the docuseries is that it takes place in his hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The Phoenix Suns point guard has had a decorated NBA career, as he is an 11-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA First Team selection. Previously, he played for the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. However, Paul and the Suns lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2021 NBA Finals.
However, he is already a champion off the court.