2005 Spotlight: Greg Paulus

There's no question that North Carolina has more pressing needs at the moment than a point guard in the Class of 2005, but Matt Doherty and his staff are preparing for the future as well as the present.

While the staff continues to watch senior 7-footer Darryl Watkins this weekend at the Prime Time Shootout in Trenton, New Jersey, they will almost certainly get another look at sophomore point guard Greg Paulus.

Paulus, a 6-2, 175-pound floor leader from Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.) has emerged as one of the elite point guards in the sophomore class and could be on the verge of fielding a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels in the near future.

In fact, Paulus is so talented that Doherty and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski have both seen him play in person already so far this season. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey and Xavier head man Thad Matta have both made the trek just to watch him hurl footballs and both have extended offers.

Boston College and Syracuse have both offered scholarships – in basketball and in football.

Paulus is a pure point guard – and star quarterback – who has all the intangibles and leadership qualities that coaches are looking for in someone to run their team. He can create easy shots for teammates, knock down the long-range jumper and get into the lane and finish in traffic.

"I like getting my teammates involved, but I can shoot it, also," he said just hours after swishing a shot with three seconds left in the game from just inside the halfcourt line to give his team the win. "I try to make good decisions and don't turn the ball over often."

Paulus, who threw for more than 3,000 yards and tossed 45 TDs on the gridiron this past season, made his first impression nationally at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis last summer, but first he had to play his way in by being one of the top 10 underclassman at the Nike Jamboree in St. Louis, Mo.

"I didn't have the pressure because I wasn't ranked or anything like that," he said. "I just played my game. I'm just a sophomore and I have plenty more chances. I don't let it affect me or change my attitude. If it does, my brothers beat me down."

Paulus, who has four brothers – three currently at Georgetown and one on the way – is averaging 23 points and 8 assists this season after posting 18.5 points and 9 assists as a freshman.

So far, his top college choices are Duke, UNC, Notre Dame, Xavier and Syracuse.

"I want to go somewhere for a good education and a good fit," said Paulus, who has a 92 average in school. "I want to be around a school with a community and family atmosphere and have a good relationship with the head coach."

"I think that I'm going to make an early decision," he added. "I doubt that I'll wait until my senior year. I think I might even be ready to make it after the season."

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