Paulus To Duke Is Done

Greg Paulus

After weeks of speculation that Greg Paulus would shun Duke coach Mike Kryzewski for a chance to continue his exploits on the gridiron, the Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.) two-sport star will mercifully put the rumors to rest by announcing he has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Duke and play basketball at a news conference this afternoon.

While Greg Paulus has remained silent throughout the past month, he did speak to Devils Den a couple weeks ago and re-affirmed what his father, Dave, has been telling various media outlets that he would made an announcement after the football season concluded.

He also reiterated the fact that his intention all along has been to play basketball at Duke. However, because Paulus opted to let the early signing period (Nov. 10-17) come and go without addressing the situation head-on, the speculation continued to grow about him possibly exploring other football-related options – including Notre Dame.

``I decided to sign the letter-of-intent with Duke now so that it wasn't a distraction to the football team," Greg Paulus said just prior to announcing his decision at a 3 p.m. ET news conference. "We were in the heart of the playoffs and on a mission. We didn't want - or need - a lot of distractions and that's why I waited until now."

Paulus is a crucial piece to this year's five-man class for the Blue Devils and not just because he's arguably the top point guard in the senior class. With Daniel Ewing graduating this season, Duke would have had to go almost exclusively with Sean Dockery at the point guard spot next season if Paulus hadn't signed with Duke.

Now Paulus, who brings tremendous court vision, leadership qualities and a far superior offensive game to the table than Dockery, will likely be given every opportunity to claim the starting point guard spot.

Paulus is averaging 28 points in two basketball games this season, which came within a week of leading the football team to a 41-35 victory over New Rochelle in the Class AA state title game.

Paulus finished 23-of-29 with 371 yards and a trio of touchdown passes in the win as CBA finished the year 13-0 and won its first-ever football championship.

Paulus ended the year with a state-record 3,677 passing yards and also set state marks with 152 career touchdown passes and 11,760 passing yards.

``He wants to follow his heart," Dave Paulus said on Monday. "More importantly, he believes it's the best situation for Duke and him personally."

However, now Paulus will turn his attention to basketball – where he is 83 points shy of 2,000 for his career. It's likely that Paulus will become the first player to participate in both the U.S. Army All-American football game and the McDonald's All-American Basketball Game. Paulus has already been chosen to play in the all-star football game, which takes place in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 15.

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