Nike: Greg Paulus

INDIANAPOLIS -- Greg Paulus thrives on competition. <br><br> The 6-foot-1, 181-pound rising junior point guard from New York likes a good challenge. It is why North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, Xavier and Notre Dame all would like to see him commit to its school.

It is also why he enjoys the Nike Camp at IUPUI. Some of the guards in Paulus' conference (Pac-10) include seniors Daniel Gibson (Texas commit), Jordan Farmar (UCLA commit) and Andre Allen, plus juniors Louis Williams, Monta Ellis and Dominic James.

"I like to compete and I wanted to compete against the best kids in the country, play hard and have fun," said the well-spoken Paulus. "Those are the three goals."

Paulus is still open to other colleges, but admits the recruiting process has picked up its intensity.

"I didn't want my recruitment to fast forward but everything came so fast after the Nike Camp last year," Paulus said. "Ever since then it has been kind of fast.

"But I'm in control of it and I know what schools I'm looking at. Now it is just a matter of figuring out what I want."

Paulus isn't concerned that UNC is also targeting players such as Marcus Ginyard, Williams, Ellis, etc. Sometimes coaches let recruits know if they don't commit now, someone else is about to.

"The scholarship is up for grabs, and that's the way it is in today's world," Paulus said. "But me and the coaches have an agreement, so I'm not too concerned about that.

"I know Coach (Joe) Holladay is there, and that Roy Williams will be here (on Thursday). I know the schools will come and follow me around a little bit."

Big colleges all face a high turnover rate because of early entry to the NBA draft or transfer, so it's hard to project whom Paulus would play with in college. Rising college sophomores would be seniors when Paulus is a freshman. Paulus admits there still is a lot of work to be done until he's in college.

"I need to work on everything," he said. "You always need to get better. I'm not satisfied with anything. I'm a perfectionist that way."

Paulus is looking forward to resting up in August for the football season, where he is the quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy in Manlius, N.Y. But he still has two or three tournaments left to play in -- Three Stripes Tournament in New York, Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and possibly the Best of Summer Tournament in Los Angeles.


Check out IC's Greg Paulus profile.

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