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#3 Greg Paulus
Position: Guard
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
City/State: Syracuse, N.Y.
High School: Christian Brothers
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Greg Paulus bio
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 10/29/2009

Career Notes

  • A gritty competitor who serves as the team’s floor leader
  • Possesses a tremendous feel for the game and leadership skills
  • One of the top three-point shooting threats in the country
  • Has 1,017 career points to rank 54th on Duke’s scoring chart
  • Has reached double-figures in scoring 53 times, including 21 times as a junior
  • Leads returning players with seven games with 20 or more points
  • Averaging 9.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 103 career games
  • Ranked 10th at Duke with 173 three-point field goals, including a team-high 83 treys as a junior
  • Has knocked down 41.5 percent (173-of-417) of his three-point field goal attempts to rank 12th in the ACC (fourth at Duke) career record book
  • Has led the team in assists in each of the past three seasons ... looking to join Bobby Hurley as the only players in Duke history to lead the team in assists four times
  • Ranks 11th at Duke with 420 career assists ... 4.08 assists per game average is eighth-best in Duke history
  • Recorded at least three assists in 77 of 103 career games
  • Has at least one assist in 101 of his 103 career games
  • His 144 career steals are tops among Duke returnees and 22nd all-time at Duke
  • Active in the community, including in Duke’s award-winning Verizon Read with the Blue Devils, a community outreach reading program in the Durham school district

2007-08

  • Third team All-ACC selection
  • Third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection ... the 10th player in Duke history to achieve Academic All-America honors
  • Academic All-District III first team pick
  • Named to the Academic All-ACC team
  • Starting point guard in 33 of the 34 games
  • Averaged 11.4 points per game, fifth best on the team
  • Also averaged 2.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.7 minutes per game
  • Shot a team-high .423 from three-point distance (83-of-196) ... also posted a .423 shooting percentage (118-of-279) from the field overall
  • Posted team-highs in three-pointers (83), three-point attempts (196) and assists (109)
  • Finished second on the team in steals (50), free throw percentage (.827 - 67-of-81) and assists-to-turnover ratio (1.98:1)
  • Led the team in scoring five times and in assists on 14 occassions
  • Made at least one three-pointer in 33 of 34 games, including 15 games with three or more three-point field goals
  • Guided an offense that averaged 83.2 points per game and posted a league-best +4.79 turnover margin
  • Ranked among the ACC leaders in three-point field goals per game (4th, 2.44 3pg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3rd, 1.98:1)
  • In conference only games, he ranked among the leaders in scoring (19th, 12.9 ppg.), steals (5th, 1.88 spg.), three-point field goal percentage (2nd, .417), three-point field goals per game (2nd, 2.81 3pg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1st, 2.55:1)
  • Had 30 steals and just 20 turnovers in 16 regular season ACC games
  • Fifth on the team with 21 double-figure scoring games ... scored in double figures in 15 of the last 17 games
  • Made 25 straight free throws in a stretch of eight games from Jan. 6 to Jan. 31
  • Recorded his 100th career steal against Princeton (11/19) in the first round of the Maui Invitational ... made his 100th career three-point field goal against No. 20 Wisconsin (11/27) 
  • Scored 13 points to go with three rebounds and two assists in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against West Virginia (3/22)
  • Tallied 12 points and five rebounds against Belmont (3/20) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... his 12 points against Belmont made him the 56th player in Duke history to score over 1,000 career points
  • Scored a team-high 17 points on 5-9 shooting, 3-of-6 from the three-point line and 4-of-4 from the foul line in the semifinals against Clemson (3/15)
  • Scored 15 points against No. 1 North Carolina (3/8) ... knocked down four three-pointers and added two assists and no turnovers against the Tar Heels
  • Tallied 14 points on 5-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-7 from the three-point line to go with two rebounds and three assists at Virginia (3/5)
  • Canned 5-of-9 three-point attempts to finish with 15 points at N.C. State (3/1) ... added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win
  • Made 5-of-11 field goals, 4-of-8 three-point field goals and 6-of-6 from the foul line for 20 points against Maryland (2/13)
  • Scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-8 from three-point range to go along with three rebounds, three assists and four steals at No. 3 North Carolina (2/6)
  • Made 4-of-10 three-point field goals and 4-of-4 from the foul line for 16 points against Miami (2/2) ... also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal against the Hurricanes
  • Tallied 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting, 5-of-8 from the three-point line and 5-of-8 from the foul line, against N.C. State (1/31) ... also had six assists and three steals against the Wolfpack
  • Posted 12 points, two assists and four steals in 19 minutes at Maryland (1/27)
  • Made all eight of his free throw attempts to match a career high against Temple (1/9) ... finished with 13 points, four assists and no turnovers versus the Owls
  • Scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc against Wisconsin (11/27)
  • Recorded nine points, a season-high eight assists and four steals against New Mexico State (11/12)

2006-07

  • Played in 33 games with 29 starting assignments
  • Averaged 11.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game
  • Shot .456 from the field (130-of-285), including a team-best .450 from three-point range (68-of-151)
  • Tied for fifth in the ACC in three-point field goals per game (2.06 3pg)
  • Was the team’s fourth leading scorer
  • Led the team in assists (124) for the second straight year ... also led the Blue Devils in three-point field goals (68) and charges drawn (10)
  • Posted 21 double-figure scoring efforts, including a team-high five 20+ point games
  • Scored in double-figures in the final 12 games of the year
  • Led the team in scoring nine times and in assists 20 times
  • Scored a career-high 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-6 shooting from downtown, and 6-of-11 shooting from the foul line against Virginia Commonwealth (3/15) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... also had five rebounds, four assists and three steals against the Rams
  • Had 18 points, two assists and two rebounds against N.C. State (3/8) in the opening round of the ACC Tournament
  • Scored 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, including 3-of-8 shooting from three-point distance, and 4-of-4 shooting from the foul line to go along with five rebounds, four assists and one steal against North Carolina (3/4)
  • Poured in 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-8 shooting from downtown, against Maryland (2/28)
  • Scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-7 shooting from three-point distance, and 2-of-2 shooting from the foul line to go along with two rebounds, two steals and one assist against St. John’s (2/25)
  • Knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting against Georgia Tech (2/18) ... also dished out five assists and had three steals and two boards against the Yellow Jackets
  • Had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field to go along with seven assists, four rebounds and three steals against Boston College (2/14)
  • Registered 15 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal against North Carolina (2/7)
  • Scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from downtown, and 3-of-4 from the foul line against Florida State (2/4)
  • Knocked down 6-of-14 shots from the field, including five three-pointers, for 17 points against Wake Forest (1/18)
  • Posted 15 points to go along with three assists, three rebounds and a steal against Miami (1/14)
  • Had a perfect shooting night against Temple (1/2), scoring 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe
  • Scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point distance against Gonzaga (12/21) ... also dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds against the Zags

2005-06

  • Selected to the ACC All-Freshman team and the ACC All-Tournament second team
  • Saw action in all 36 games, starting 33 times
  • Averaged 6.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 32.3 minutes per game
  • Shot .373 from the floor (72-of-193), .314 from three-point range (22-of-70) and .784 from the foul line (76-of-97)
  • Had 11 double-figure scoring games 
  • Led the ACC in assists per game (5.19), becoming just the fourth freshman in ACC history to lead the league in assists ... joined Ed Cota (North Carolina, 1997), Jeff Jones (Virginia, 1979) and Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech, 1990) as freshmen assist leaders in the ACC
  • His 187 assists ranked third behind only Bobby Hurley (288 in 1990) and Jason Williams (220 in 2000) among the freshman assist leaders in Duke history
  • Assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.58:1 led Duke and ranked seventh in the ACC (second among freshmen)
  • Orchestrated an offense that led the ACC in scoring (81.1 ppg), scoring margin (+13.0), field goal percentage (.487) and three-point percentage (.386)
  • Tallied 10 points, four rebounds and six assists against No. 14 George Washington (3/18) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Dished out eight assists and recorded four steals against Southern (3/16) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Recorded a career-high five steals to go along with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists against No. 11 Boston College in the ACC Championship game
  • Scored a season-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line against Wake Forest (3/11) in the ACC Semifinals ... also tied a career high with seven rebounds to go along with five assists against the Demon Deacons
  • Scored 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point distance and 4-of-6 from the free throw line to go along with five assists and three rebounds against Temple (2/25)
  • Had eight assists against Georgia Tech (2/22)
  • Scored 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc against Maryland (2/11) ... also compiled seven assists against the Terps
  • Had seven assists, six points and two steals against No. 23 North Carolina (2/7)
  • Scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line against Georgetown (1/21) ... also grabbed four rebounds and had four assists against the Hoyas
  • Recorded 10 points, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals against Clemson (1/14)
  • Had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals against No. 23 Maryland (1/11)
  • Named ACC Rookie of the Week (12/19) for the second time in three weeks after breaking the school record for assists in a game by a freshman when he recorded 15 assists against Valparaiso (12/18)
  • Received ACC Co-Rookie of the Week (12/5) after leading Duke to wins over Virginia Tech and Indiana
  • Compiled 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe to go along with six assists at No. 17 Indiana (11/30)
  • Recorded seven rebounds and eight assists to go along with five points against No. 11 Memphis in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off (11/25)
  • In his first career start, scored 12 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line against Seton Hall in the NIT Season Tip-Off (11/16)

High School

  • Won the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year (all sports)
  • Five-time all-league and four-time all-state selection at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Averaged 23.5 points, eight assists and six rebounds per game during his high school career
  • Finished his career as the 11th-leading scorer in New York and second-leading scorer in Onondaga County with 2,399 points
  • Averaged 26.8 points, 8.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game to earn All-America status in 2005 from McDonald’s, Parade, EA and Student Sports
  • Mr. Basketball in the state of New York as a senior
  • 2005 Gatorade New York Player of the Year
  • Had nine assists and 13 points, making 7-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to help the East earn a 115-110 victory in the 2005 McDonald’s All-American game
  • Rated as the No. 1 point guard prospect in the country by Rivals.com and Scout.com
  • USA Today Top Eight Player in the Class of 2005
  • Claimed second team all-state, first team All-Central New York and first team all-league honors in 2004
  • Averaged 23.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game while leading CBA to the Section 3 Class A championship as a junior
  • Central New York Player of the Year and second team all-state selection as a sophomore
  • Named the Section III Championship game MVP in 2003
  • Also earned all-league and All-Central New York honors as an eighth-grader on the CBA Varsity team
  • Was heavily recruited by the nation’s top football programs as well
  • A four-time all-state, All-CNY and all-league selection as a quarterback
  • Held six New York state records, including career passing yards (11,763) ... also had 152 passing touchdowns in 45 career games
  • Led CBA to a 42-3 four-year record in football, including a 13-0 mark and the NYSPHAA Class AA championship as a senior
  • Named the 2004 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year
  • Collected football All-America honors from U.S. Army, Parade and Student Sports
  • Second team All-USA Today selection in 2004 at quarterback
  • Starting quarterback for the East in the U.S. Army All-America game
  • New York Class AA and CNY Player of the Year as a senior
  • Named MVP of the Class AA Championship game as a senior
  • Named the National High School Coaches Association senior athlete of the year

USA Basketball

  • Named to the USA Basketball Junior National Select team for the 2005 Nike Hoops Summit
  • Had a Summit record 10 assists to go along with two points and six rebounds in USA’s 106-98 win over the World Select Team at the Eighth Annual Nike Hoops Summit
  • Led the East team to a bronze medal finish at the 2004 Youth Development Festival
  • Finished the five-game event with 39 assists (7.8 apg.), the second-most in the history of the event
  • Averaged 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals for the East squad
  • Current teammates Gerald Henderson and Brian Zoubek were also members of the East team at the 2004 festival

Personal

  • Born Gregory Russell Paulus on July 3, 1986, in Medina, Ohio
  • Son of Dave and Denise Paulus
  • Has four older brothers: David, Matt, Dan and Chris
  • Also has a younger brother, Mike, and a younger sister, Sarah
  • Mike is a member of the North Carolina football team
  • Majoring in political science with a certificate in markets and management studies
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