When we last caught up with Paulina Paris it was right in the heart of the pandemic.
She had just come off a special sophomore season, averaging 25 points and seven rebounds per game and winning the Rockland Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight year.
Paulina hadn’t yet announced her decision to transfer from Albertus Magnus in New York to Saddle River Day High School in New Jersey. Once she did she arguably became the top guard in New Jersey.
In her debut game for Saddle River, she had 29 points and six assists in a 20-point win against Life Center.
The next game she dropped 33 points, had eight rebounds and six assists in an 89-29 win against Montclair Immaculate.
This is a high-level scorer who sees things ahead of time as a playmaker. She described her ability to do that in our conversation.
I know how to like, tell by the plays before what I should do the next play. And I think that that’s probably the best part of my game.
— Martin S. (@marsoaries) March 14, 2021
Paulina recently narrowed her potential college choices down to eight schools, including the likes of Rutgers, UConn, UCLA, and North Carolina State.
We talked with Paulina about her feelings on New York vs. New Jersey, and also her basketball influences which include her dad and Kobe Bryant, her all-time favorite player.
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Paulina also took us through her pre-game rituals which can sometimes include some Leona Lewis, and writing on her shoes.
The tri-state area is well aware of Paulina and the whole country will become familiar with the name soon enough.