Greg Paulus was born in Medina, Ohio and grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin before moving to the Syracuse suburb of Manlius, New York. He has six siblings: David, Matt, Dan, Chris, Mike, and Sarah. He was named Gatorade Athlete of the Year due to his accomplishments in football and basketball. Paulus was the quarterback of the 2004 Christian Brothers Academy football team, which won the New York State Championship by defeating New Rochelle High School and Ray Rice 41-35 in the title game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Paulus was also named New York State Mr. Basketball following his senior season at CBA. He was ranked as the number one recruit out of high school.
Paulus received scholarship offers to play football at the University of Miami and Notre Dame. He also received basketball scholarship offers from Duke, Syracuse, Georgetown, Florida, and North Carolina. He chose to play basketball and joined the Duke Blue Devils.
Games: 36, PPG: 6.7, RPG: 2.8, APG: 5.2
Paulus was a member of the Duke team that finished with a 32–4 record and won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season and tournament championship. Paulus led the ACC in assists per game at 5.2. He set a Duke freshman record for assists in a game with 15 (with three turnovers) in a 104–77 home victory over Valparaiso on December 18, 2005; that assist total was only one away from the all-time single-game Duke record of 16, set by NCAA career assist leader Bobby Hurley. He was selected for the All-America freshman 2nd team.
His 187 assists ranked third behind Bobby Hurley (288 in 1990) and Jay Williams (220 in 2000) among the freshman assist leaders in Duke history.
Games: 33, PPG: 11.8, RPG: 2.2, APG: 3.8, FG%: 45.6
Paulus injured his foot during the preseason. After the season, associate coach Chris Collins said Paulus struggled because he had a tarsal coalition, and it was corrected through surgery; he has since fully recovered. He had a career-high on March 15, 2007 with 25 points against Virginia Commonwealth.
Games: 34, PPG: 11.4, RPG: 2.1, APG: 3.2
Paulus led Duke to a 28–6 record including an 89–78 victory over rival UNC in which Paulus led Duke in scoring with 18 points. Paulus led the Atlantic Coast Conference in assist to turnover ratio during the 2007–08 season, and shot over 42 percent from beyond the arc on his way to making 82 three point field goals.
After being the starting point guard for three years, Paulus started only five games during his senior season. Paulus did manage averaging 16 minutes a game, in part due to the development of sophomore guard Nolan Smith.
It was reported that Paulus worked out for the Green Bay Packers in April 2009. It was also reported that Paulus met with coaches at the University of Michigan, Syracuse University and the University of Nebraska about the possibility of playing football at each institution in the 2009 season.
Paulus announced on May 14, 2009, that he would play college football at Syracuse University. Paulus was named the starting quarterback for the 2009 season.
He won four games and lost eight during his lone season at Syracuse, completing 67.7 percent of his passes and throwing for 2,025 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Paulus tried out with the New Orleans Saints in May 2010. Contrary to initial reports, he was not offered a contract. He got another shot with the Saints in June 2010 when he was again invited to minicamp.
Paulus was hired as an assistant basketball coach at Navy in August 2010.
Paulus was hired as the basketball video coordinator for Ohio State University in May 2011. Paulus was promoted to assistant coach for Ohio State University in the summer of 2013
Awards are for basketball unless otherwise noted.Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year (all sports)
2005 Gatorade New York state Player of the Year
All-America status in 2005 according to McDonald's, Parade, EA and Student Sports
New York State Mr. Basketball as a senior
National High School Coaches Association senior athlete of the year
2004 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year
USA Basketball Junior National Select team for the 2005 Nike Hoops Summit
2005–06 Freshman All-America Second Team
2006 ACC All-Tournament Second Team
2007-08 Third team All-ACC selection
2008 Third Team Academic All-America
2009 Third Team Academic All-America
Three-time ACC All-Academic team