Now, with his top rated recruiting class all signed, head coach Mike Krzyzewski can turn his attention to adding another big man to the class, or focus on the current crop of juniors.
But what does Paulus bring to Duke? ACC recruiting analyst Clint Jackson and Scout.com's Dave Telep offered their opinions.
First and foremost is that he's a play maker," said Jackson. "He sees the floor and goes right at the heart of the defense and creates open looks for everyone else. He's tough, scrappy and strong. Credit his quarterback awareness and credit his point guard leadership for giving this New Yorker the ability to deliver the ball at the precise moment in time."
Telep concurred, and expounded on what finally locking up Paulus could mean for Duke.
"Greg Paulus is a big help to Duke on a number of fronts," said Telep. "It stabilizes their PG situation for the next four years. He brings so many intangibles that it'll be hard to just calculate his worth by stats. This is a proven leader, and as a player he'll be an extension of Mike Krzyzewski on the floor. He wants to be a coach someday so you know he's got an understanding of the game."
"Plus, the addition of Paulus means Duke won't have to recruit a PG in 2006 and won't have to go hunting for one late in 2005. It frees them up to look at other recruiting scenarios, not to mention bringing in one of the best at his position in the Class of 2005."