Paulus Returns Home Briefly

Greg Paulus got his first taste of life outside the United States (actually, he's also been to Canada) and the Duke-bound senior point guard returned with a three-point title and rave reviews of Paris.

Greg Paulus was a member of the USA National Elite Team, which also featured guys like Shannon Brown, Malik Hairston, Keith Brumbaugh, Rudy Gay and Derrick Caracter, in Douai, France.

Paulus and his teammates finished in third place after losing to the host team from France in the semifinals. Paulus was chosen to represent the U.S. in the three-point contest and ended up edging out a competitor from Turkey in the finals.

``It was definitely a good experience," Paulus said. "I'd never been overseas before, so it was exciting. We got to see the difference between cultures and got to see what else is outside the United States."

``We did some touring and sightseeing and we got to see Paris for a day," he added. "It was a once in a lifetime thing. Going to Paris was my favorite part of the trip."

However, when Paulus returned from his trip last week, he still had some work to do. He had to take New York state exams for the past week and concluded his academic year with a chemistry exam on Wednesday afternoon.

Paulus didn't get any rest after his final test, either. He left on a plane for the U.S. Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Col., late Wednesday afternoon for a few days of going up against the top players in the nation.

``I'm looking forward to seeing the other guys in my class and seeing where I'm at," Paulus said. ``I really want to play against Josh (McRoberts) again. He's up 1-0 on me after they beat us in Houston, so I owe him one. He taunted me a little bit at first, but he hasn't thrown it in my face for a while."

After the trip to Colorado, Paulus will have a few days to relax at home – and will celebrate his 18th birthday on July 3 - before heading to the adidas Superstar Camp in Georgia a couple days later. Then he'll play a few more summer tournaments with SRAP – including the adidas tournament in Las Vegas in late July.


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