He's not exceptionally quick and he didn't shoot it well this past weekend while suiting up for the NY Elite at the Rumble at the Bronx, but he's got the highest basketball IQ of anyone I've seen this year in the AAU ranks – and normally, he can knock down the trifecta.
Contrary to recent internet reports, the 6-2, 175-pound Paulus has not eliminated Xavier – and still has Thad Matta's program in the final five along with UNC, Notre Dame, Duke and Syracuse.
Paulus said this past weekend that the Tar Heels chances were elevated significantly when Roy Williams and his new staff took over for Matt Doherty. His decision could also be affected by whether or not Livingston chooses the Blue Devils over Arizona and Illinois.
"I've seen everything and been everywhere so now I just have to figure everything out and make my decision," Paulus said.
Paulus injured his shoulder and was unable to knock down the outside shot this weekend in the Bronx, but he doesn't need to score points in order to make an impact.
Paulus never gets rattled. He's like having another coach on the floor and seems to always make the correct decision. He delivers crisp passes in the correct spot for guys to be able to finish with ease (although some of the NY Elite post players weren't used to playing with him and weren't expecting some of his passes this past weekend).
He's unselfish, has tremendous court vision and while he isn't the most athletic player on the floor, he uses a flurry of head fakes and stutter-steps to get opposing defenders off-balance so that he can get into the lane with relative ease.
Paulus will head to the Nike All-American camp in a couple weeks and then will probably split his time between his father's AAU team, SRAP, and NY Elite for the remainder of the summer.
Then it'll be back to the gridiron, where he will try to improve on his 3,000-yard campaign in which he tossed 45 touchdowns as a sophomore.