Whether it was the lengthy layoff from school due to the below-zero temperatures or his braces coming off after 17 months, the Christian Brothers (N.Y.) junior floor leader re-discovered his shooting stroke after struggling from the field over the past couple games.
That's the good news, but it was bittersweet – at best – for Paulus, whose team fell, 73-58 to McQuaid on Sunday afternoon.
CBA had won three straight entering the game, but fell to 7-3 with the loss. Paulus finished with 34 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including a 5-of-7 performance from long range.
``We've been a little up and down and are still trying to figure ourselves out," Paulus said. Exams begin for Paulus next week and he's had plenty of time to sleep in and prepare after school was actually canceled for the final three days of last week because of the frigid temperatures.
``We didn't have school from Wednesday through Friday because it was negative 25 degrees," Paulus said. "So I've been off since Tuesday."
However, Paulus did not exactly relax. He hit the gym in an effort to get his shooting stroke back.
``I was struggling before our last game," Paulus said. "But I got it back last night. I just wasn't really playing well."
Then again, Paulus is his own worst critic. It may sound like a cliché, but in this case it's true.
Paulus has also tried to watch as many Blue Devils games as possible, when there is no conflict with his own games and practices.
``They look good. Pretty tough," Paulus said. "They have so many weapons. Anybody can score 20 on a given night. They've got great balance with four or five guys averaging in double-figures."
For anyone in the New York-New Jersey area wanting to get a look at the future Blue Devil, Paulus will go up against Amityville (N.Y.) High senior guard A.J. Price (UConn) at the Prime Time Shootout in Trenton, N.J., on Saturday, Feb. 7.