Paulus returns from UNC, Duke

Now Greg Paulus has almost all the information he needs. The key will be digesting it all. <br><br> The 6-2, 175-pound point guard basically split his time prior to and after the Tournament of Champions this past weekend going to and from Duke and North Carolina.

Greg Paulus, his parents and two brothers got down to the area early and spent Thursday with the Blue Devils staff. After his Syracuse/Rochester Area Players (SRAP) team was knocked out of the tournament with a 1-2 mark, Paulus and his family took advantage of their time on Tobacco Road.

He spent Sunday morning and afternoon in Chapel Hill and was back with the Blue Devils later that night. Then Monday morning it was more Duke before capping off the holiday weekend with the Tar Heels.

"I'd say it was 50-50 between the two schools," Paulus said. "I didn't get a tour of UNC – I got one at Duke with my family. Instead of going on the tour, I stayed with Coach (Roy) Williams and we watched film. It gave us an opportunity to get to know each other and it was much more important than seeing the campus."

After watching tape with Williams, Paulus and his family had dinner at the Carolina BBQ, where they basically just hung out with the staff, played pool and watched TV.

Paulus had a similar experience with Duke. He also had dinner and sat in the office with Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski to further develop their relationship.

"It's nice because you get to see the real side of them," Paulus said. "When you watch them on TV, you think they are both first-class and that's absolutely the truth."

"I compare Coach Williams to (Notre Dame coach) Mike Brey," he added. "They are laid-back and have a good sense of humor. We kind of think the same. The stuff they do with their offense and in transition is similar to what my high school does."

"We actually have a relationship now. Before it was just on the phone, but now we're friends."

It was the second time that Paulus got a chance to meet Coach K while it was his first face-to-face meeting with Williams. He is also considering Notre Dame, Syracuse and Xavier and has narrowed his list to those five schools.

"It was a lot to digest," Paulus said. "So much information. It's still in my head and hasn't come out yet."

"I might be able to tell you a leader in a couple weeks, but for now I've seen three of the five schools. The other two (Duke and Carolina) I haven't been able to digest quite yet. I want my decision to come naturally."

He probably won't for awhile, either. One of Paulus' brothers (he has four of them) is graduating from Christian Brothers (N.Y.) this weekend and then Paulus will take some time away from basketball and attend some football practices with his high school team.

Paulus also met with UNC head football coach John Bunting, although basketball is clearly the priority.

"Basketball is my first love and I don't want anything to jeopardize that," he said.

Paulus averaged 26.7 points per game despite playing with an elbow injury that he wouldn't use as an excuse. SRAP beat the Utah Bruins in the first game before losing the final two games.

"I played well in spurts," he said. "That was about it, though. The team wasn't clicking and it was one of those weekends you want to forget."

Maybe not the whole weekend.


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