Paulus eager to visit UNC

With an offer already on the table from the new coaching staff, Greg Paulus will get his first chance to meet the new UNC regime when he takes an unofficial visit the morning after the Tournament of Champions concludes next weekend.

Paulus had developed a pretty good relationship with Matt Doherty over the past year or so, which had him somewhat concerned when the former UNC head man was replaced by Roy Williams.

The 6-2, 175-pound Paulus had already compiled much of the necessary information to try and get his decision out of the way on the early end before and a coaching change set him back a little bit.

However, most of Paulus' concerns were alleviated when he got his first chance to speak to Williams yesterday.

"It was different at first because I've known Coach Doherty for a couple years and I really liked him and the rest of the staff a lot," Paulus said.

"I called him (Williams) up and talked to him for a little while," added Paulus, who is also a star quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.). "My dad set it up through Coach (Joe) Holladay. I introduced myself and I like him a lot. Everything I heard about him is absolutely true. UNC is going to be up there now. I'm really looking forward to getting a chance to know Coach Williams and the rest of the staff."

Doherty and the staff had already put forth a scholarship offer and the new staff did the same after watching him at the Charlie Weber tournament in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago. However, the Tar Heels will still have to edge out Duke, Notre Dame, Xavier and Syracuse for his services.

"I like all five of them, but it's just a matter of finding the right fit and getting to know the people," Paulus said.

Paulus will get a more in-depth look at Williams and Chapel Hill when he takes a closer look after the conclusion of next weekend's Tournament of Champions. He will visit Monday, along with his parents and two of his brothers.

Paulus will continue to split time this summer between the Albany City Rocks and SRAP, a team featuring a combination of Syracuse and Rochester-area players that is coached by his father.

He played with Albany City at Boo Williams and admitted not being completely comfortable, partially because he spent the majority of his time at the off-guard spot because of Tiki Mayben manning the point.

"I just don't play my game when I'm at the two," added Paulus, who played with SRAP at the Charlie Weber and Southern Invitational tournaments and will play with them next weekend.


For more on Paulus, check out IC's Greg Paulus profile.

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