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Can ex-Blue Devil Greg Paulus make a difference at Louisville? He’ll get his chance

Greg Paulus, 3, of Duke celebrates a basket in front of teammate Jon Scheyer against Southern Illinois on Nov. 20, 2008 at Madison Square Garden.
Greg Paulus, 3, of Duke celebrates a basket in front of teammate Jon Scheyer against Southern Illinois on Nov. 20, 2008 at Madison Square Garden. Getty Images, 2008 file photo

Former Duke basketball player Greg Paulus was chosen to help pick up the pieces of the broken Louisville basketball program, according to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Paulus, who most recently was an assistant coach at Ohio State until head coach Thad Motta was fired in June, was hired to become the second assistant hired by interim Louisville coach David Padgett.

The 31-year-old was the second addition to Padgett’s staff since his appointment on Sept. 29, joining former LSU, Nevada, Stanford and TCU coach Trent Johnson, who was hired as an assistant last week.

“Obviously I’m very excited to be able to add (Paulus) to our staff,” Padgett told the Courier-Journal. “His background and reputation speak for itself, not only as a coach but also as a player. ... He brings an absolute wealth of experience and knowledge to our program.”

Paulus played basketball at Duke for Mike Krzyzewski from 2005-09 before leaving to play football for Syracuse in the fall of 2009 as a graduate transfer. Paulus got a tryout with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, but wasn’t signed. From there, Paulus took his first coaching job as an assistant at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Paulus was born in Ohio but starred in basketball and football in high school in Syracuse, New York. He was a 2005 McDonald’s All-American in basketball and 2004 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year and Gatorade National High School Player of the Year (all sports).

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