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Greg Paulus (HC Niagara University)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Basketball' started by bobcat84, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. bobcat84

    bobcat84 Freshman

  2. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    FWIW- Lemming has also been saying tOSU is on the short list if changes his mind on Duke

    From his Tuesday premium chat

    http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=6550
     
  3. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    i thought i heard this a while ago. maybe some newb that was making a joke and it actually came true?
     
  4. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    Well said.

    I have always felt that the ideal scenario for a two way player would be to RS football as a Frosh and play BBall from the start of that season. That way you can learn the system and not be playing catch-up every year.

    That would be a great scenario for Paulus as it would make him a RS Soph when Smith/Zwick graduated.

    Normally a kid of this caliber doesn't want to hear the RS term - but for QBs it is the norm and he would still be playing BBall as a true Frosh.
     
  5. Bucktastic

    Bucktastic Troy Smith for HEISMAN

    That would be a GIANT pickup for both squads!!!!! WOW is right.
     
  6. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    An excerpt from the above-linked CBS article:

    After vowing to focus on basketball when he committed to Duke more than a year ago, Paulus now is having second thoughts. Although he chose Duke over Notre Dame and hometown Syracuse, keep an eye on Ohio State -- which has a bonus recruiting lure: new basketball coach Thad Matta.

    When he was at Xavier, which doesn't play Division I-A football, Matta made an enormous impression on Paulus. Had Matta been the coach at any of his other finalists, Paulus told friends, he would have chosen that school over Duke.


    If he feels that strongly about Matta, along with having Tressel as the football coach and the football program's recent successes, not to mention the huge improvement in the basketball program, this could get real interesting real fast...
     
  7. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    Paulus would simultaneously become the highest rated QB recruit and highest rated PG recruit at OSU since Insiders started ranking players.
     
  8. Bucktastic

    Bucktastic Troy Smith for HEISMAN

    Get a three way call going between Paulus, Matta and Tress and lets get this thing done!! :biggrin:

    Does anyone have some more info on Paulus?
     
  9. ohiobuck94

    ohiobuck94 Buckeye Beach Bum

    This sounds to good to be true. :)
     
  10. MegaWoody

    MegaWoody Newbie

    QB is the one position where tOSU has never had a true NFL-caliber superstar. Think of the irony of having tOSU basketball coach bring the football program its highest rated QB recruit.

    For those of us with very long memories, it would be nice symmetry. John Havlicek was a high school All-American in three sports -- football being his best and the sport that brought him to tOSU. But he settled in on the basketball team for Fred Taylor after he fell out of love with Woody Hayes.

    So, in a way, Matta would be paying back an ancient OSU debt.
     
  11. bobcat84

    bobcat84 Freshman

    It would be interesting to hear if GP saw the scUM game and the wide open explosive offense, the kind of athlete he is, he would be tailor made for it...if this would materialize I would bet we could get guys like Derrick Williams and Rouse to consider OSU....the possiblities are out of control!!!
     
  12. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Paulus is currently the #5 QB according the TheInsiders and isn't even listed in the Rivals database (probably because they still consider him a basketball commit to Duke).
     
  13. ohiobuck94

    ohiobuck94 Buckeye Beach Bum

    Here is his coach's story.

    Coach adamant basketball recruit will sign with Duke

    By Thad Mumau
    Correspondent

    Duke fans have been frantic for the past week, worried that the Blue Devils will lose a previously committed, highly acclaimed point guard prospect for the second straight year.

    Last year, it was Shaun Livingston, who surprisingly shunned Duke for the NBA. This time, Greg Paulus is the "evasive" one. A 6-foot-2 two-sport star from Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy, he committed to the Devils more than a year ago - in early September, 2003, at the start of his junior year.

    But when the early signing period (Nov. 10-17) ended last week, Duke did not have a letter-of-intent signed by Paulus. We listed him among our signees because it was assumed his letter was in the mail. However, that was not the case.

    Stories have been circulating up and down the East Coast that Paulus did not sign because he is wavering on his decision. There is speculation that he is considering a college football career and therefore is eyeing big-name gridiron programs.

    Paulus, who is a highly regarded quarterback prospect, completed 20 of 28 passes for 216 yards (his second-lowest total this season) and two touchdowns as Christian Brothers defeated Webster-Thomas, 44-14, in the state 2-A semifinals this past weekend.

    For the season, he has connected on 187 of 290 passes, 64.5 percent, for over 3,300 yards and 40 touchdowns. He has 149 career scoring passes and more than 1,200 yards passing.

    He will be entering his fifth year of varsity basketball. As an eighth-grader, he backed up his brother, Dan, at point guard and still made the all- (Onondaga) league team, while averaging just over 10 points.

    Paulus averaged 17 points as a freshman, around 23 his sophomore season and 23.4 points and 6.2 assists as a junior, when Christian Brothers finished 19-5. He scored a career-high 46 points in a game as a sophomore.

    "He has worked hard in the classroom and in athletics to set himself up to have some great options. And there have been so many of them. Who wouldn't want to be the point guard at Duke and have the opportunity to play for Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski?

    "He is going to honor his commitment and go to Duke. Greg is not thinking of anything else. It is not even an issue. It's that simple."

    Wleklinski stressed that knowledge of the game and his position, not statistics, are what impresses college coaches about Paulus.

    "He is a great teammate," the Wleklinski said. "He is very good at distributing the ball and getting it to the right people in the right places. In AAU ball, he played a little different than other guys because he looked to pass first, not shoot.

    "Greg knows how to play; he has a great head for the game. That is what the coaches at Duke like so much about him.

    "He is very quick, handles the ball very well and penetrates into the lane. He has really good body control, and he is never out of control. On top of that, he is an outstanding shooter. You can't leave him alone."

    Asked if he feels Krzyzewski is concerned that Paulus did not sign early, Wleklinski said, "No, he knows what's going on. All the buzz that Greg might not wind up at Duke is way out of whack."

    Paulus, who is ranked No. 28 in the country among high school seniors by prepstars.com, qualified academically for freshman eligibility as a junior.
     
  14. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    94 - I am tempted to ding you for this one, but I guess you are just the messenger. :)
     
  15. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    "The fact that he did not sign is being blown way out of proportion. The only reason he didn't sign is that he did not want to be a distraction when our football team is going for the state championship."

    and

    "...Who wouldn't want to be the point guard at Duke and have the opportunity to play for Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski?

    First, how is his signing the LOI a distraction to the football team? Second, didn't the CBS article say that he would've signed at another of his short-list schools had Matta been there, which would imply he'd rather play for Matta than Kzarwtyruyfuyxvyvski?
     

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