Paulus Could Be Back Soon

That audible groan overheard yesterday on Tobacco Road was courtesy of many Blue Devil fans worried about their team's early season prospects after starting point guard Greg Paulus was diagnosed with a foot injury that would keep him sidelined indefinitely. Today, however, the fan base can breathe a little easier.

Sources close to the situation confirm that sophomore Greg Paulus' diagnosis is simply a re-aggravation of an older injury that was never detected in the past. On Monday the 6-foot-1 New York native spent hours consulting with multiple podiatrists who agreed surgery would not be needed.

Though it is dependant on the healing process, the Duke captain is expected to return to action in three to four weeks time.

"This is an unfortunate injury but Greg is an extremely tough individual and we expect him to make a full recovery," said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "Our medical staff will evaluate Greg's progress continuously and he will return to action when the foot is fully healed."

Paulus was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after averaging 6.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and an ACC-best 5.2 assists per game in 36 games (33 starts) a year ago. He became just the fourth freshman, joining Ed Cota (North Carolina), Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech) and Jeff Jones (Virginia), to lead the ACC in assists per game. Paulus was also a second team ACC All-Tournament team selection after helping the Blue Devils to their seventh league title in the last eight years.


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