Adam Paulsen of South O’Brien has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Briar Cliff University, next season.
“Adam is a tremendous addition to our basketball program at Briar Cliff,” said BC head coach Nic Nelson. “He is a very talented guard with the ability to both score and distribute. Adam is very skilled with the ball and he is a tough competitor. He is also a high-character student-athlete and we think he will have an outstanding career here.”
Paulsen a 6-1 point guard led Iowa Class 2A in scoring this year with 25.2 ppg and was seventh in all classes in scoring. The team captain and 1000-point club member shot 51.5 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from beyond the arc (67 three-pointers). In addition to Paulsen’s scoring abilities, he also averaged 7.3 rpg, handed out 63 assists and collected 47 steals.
On February 1st he knocked down eight three-pointers as he scored a school-record 42 points in a 56-44 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. On the season, he led the Wolverines to a 17-5 record and is expected to be a first team all-state selection.
As a junior, Paulsen averaged 15.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg, earned first team all-district and all-conference honors and was named his team’s overall MVP and offensive MVP. He finished his basketball career at South O’Brien as the school’s all-time leader in points in a career, in a season and in a game.
During the summers, Paulsen played AAU basketball for the Iowa Mavericks. Paulsen also participated in football, baseball and track for the Wolverines of South O’Brien. This past fall, he was a second team all-state football selection.
The son of Randy and Julie Paulsen is undecided on his area of study. Paulsen will make his way to the Cliff in the fall of 2012.