Multi-Sport Star Has High Major Interest

A multi-sport star has interest by some major schools

Back out East, Paul Gause, a 5-foot-11, 176-pound lead guard/combo guard from Arthur P. Schalick High School in Pittsgrove, New Jersey, hasn't quite generated the amount of buzz a player from the Northern part of the state might be subject to. With Gause's play at this week's Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis, however, he should receive plenty of attention for the remainder of the summer.

Gause is an offensive-minded lefty who can stroke the three with consistency. He is elusive off the dribble and did a pretty good job of shedding defenders with his handle. He favors going left most of the time, but proved to be pretty slippery off the dribble. Paul seems more comfortable on the perimeter than slashing to the cup, but he did do a bit of that this week, and was an active presence at both ends of the floor.

Gause is a multi-sport athlete with an impressive list of accomplishments. Outside of his basketball exploits, he is considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the state of New Jersey in football.

Gause also finds time to compete in track and field and has posted some performances that would catch the attention of Division I track programs. Gause has a personal best of 21.9 in the 200 meters, which would suggest that he has exceptional foot speed. He has cleared 6-foot-6 in the high jump and leapt 22-feet, 11-inches in the long jump, both marks that would make him competitive at the state level. This is not bad for somebody who only competes in the sport in the spring.

Heading into the camp, Paul had received interest from Rutgers, Ohio State, Maryland, and Connecticut. None of those schools have offered yet. He is interested in hearing from Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh.

"Rutgers told me that they would take my commitment whenever I was ready," said Gause. "But I don't know how the other commitments they've gotten will affect that." In addition, Paul has received interest from Miami, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, and Oklahoma in football. "I'm not sure which sport I'm going to play in college," said Gause. "But right now I'm leaning toward playing basketball." Gause plays the point for his high school team, where he averaged 30 points per game last season, and for the New Jersey All-Stars on the AAU circuit. The All-Stars will be at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina, coming up, as well as the Super Showcase in Orlando.

"Right now I'm keeping things open with my recruitment," said Gause. "I'll probably be ready to decide toward the end of July."

Paul still needs to raise his SAT score in order to meet the NCAA's academic requirements.

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