Paulus Enjoyed McDonalds Game Experience

Greg Paulus spent the last week preparing and playing in the annual MDAA Game. After leading the East to a five point win on the strength of a 13 point, 9 assist statline, the Duke bound point guard spoke with <i>TDD</I> about the week leading up to the game and the game itself.

Greg Paulus knows the name, but forgive him if he doesn't know much about Bob Cousy so he didn't know how to react when Five-Star guru Howard Garfinkel compared the future Duke floor leader to the Hall of Famer.

Paulus showed why he's so valuable. He's a pure point guard, something that's become a rarity in today's game.

Paulus finished with 13 points and 9 assists – including several to future teammate Josh McRoberts – to help lead the east to a victory in the McDonald's All-American Game.

However, it wasn't necessarily the game that was the best part of the nearly week-long festivities surrounding the game.

``It was a great experience," Paulus said on Thursday afternoon. "I don't think a lot of people know all the other stuff that goes on, but being able to go to the hospital and give back was very rewarding."

Paulus also mentioned the chance to meet legendary former UCLA coach John Wooden and hear Bill Russell speak were also highlights.

``Just being in the presence of so many legends and being able to hang out with the other guys all week," Paulus said. "It was also fun to play in front of a national audience."

It was actually the second time Paulus had the opportunity to showcase his skills on national TV. The first time came at the U.S. Army all-star football game, where he didn't fare quite as well.

``I played OK yesterday," Paulus said of his basketball performance." I would have liked to have hit a couple more jump shots, but my job was to direct traffic and help get us a win."

That's exactly what Duke fans are hoping Paulus will bring to the table – a pass-first point guard that can create easy looks for J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams and McRoberts.

``It was the first time I have ever played with Josh, so that was a lot of fun," Paulus said of his future roommate. "We've always played against each other. We've been really good friends for two-plus years and it was great playing with him. We ran some of the same sets that hopefully we'll run next year."

Paulus will take a quick breather and then play in the Hoop Summit on April 9 in Memphis, Tenn., before playing in the adidas Derby Classic on April 16 in Louisville, Ky. Paulus will go up against two of his future teammates from the World team at the Hoop Summit – Eric Boateng and Martynas Pocius.


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