Marcus Paige

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Marcus Paige
No. 5 – North Carolina Tar Heels
Position Point guard
League Atlantic Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1993-09-11) September 11, 1993 (age 21)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa)
College North Carolina (2012–present)
Career highlights and awards

Marcus Taylor Paige (born September 11, 1993) is an American college basketball player for the University of North Carolina. A junior in the 2014-2015 season, he went to Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa, where he was Iowa Mr. Basketball and a top-ranked prep basketball player in the Class of 2012.

High school career[edit]

Paige was rated as the number 22 overall player (and the best point guard) in the class of 2012 in the ESPNU 100,[1] the number 35 player by,[2] and the number 34 player by[3]

In his junior year, Paige led Linn-Mar High School to an undefeated season and the 2011 4-A state title. However, the honor of team MVP went to Matt Bohannon, a senior who went on to play basketball at the University of Northern Iowa. Considered by scouts to be an excellent ball handler with shooting range to the three-point line,[4] Paige also played on the AAU circuit with Martin Brothers Select.

On January 8, 2011, Paige verbally committed to play college basketball for North Carolina, turning down scholarship offers from Kansas, Minnesota, Virginia, Illinois, and Iowa. In his senior season, Paige was the leader of his Linn-Mar team, as he averaged over 28 points a game. He also recorded the most points in school history with 49 against Cedar Rapids Kennedy in Substate. Marcus Paige's high school career ended when Linn-Mar was defeated by Iowa City West in the State Semifinals.

College recruitment[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Marcus Paige
Marion, IA Linn-Mar HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jan 8, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96

College career[edit]

Freshman Season:2012 During Marcus Paige’s freshman season at North Carolina, he averaged 8.6 points and 4.6 assists per game as he started 34 of 36 games that season for the Tar Heels. Throughout the season, his assist to turnover ratio was 1.8:1, which was sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. His season high for points in a game was against Virginia Tech, with 19, and a season high for assists against Notre Dame with 10. Paige led the Tar Heels to the round of thirty-two where they eventually lost to the Kansas Jayhawks 70-58. At season’s end, he was elected to both the ACC All-Academic Team and the Freshman All-American team.

Sophomore Season: Paige improved his statistics from his freshman season. During his sophomore season, Paige averaged 17.5 points per game and 4.2 assists per game. Throughout this season, he shot 44% from the field, 39% from three-point range, and 87.7% from the free throw line.[5] His point average per game was fourth in the ACC, and his free throw percentage was the highest in the entire conference. Paige led the Tar Heels to the NCAA tournament, where for a second year in a row, they lost in the round of thirty-two against the Iowa State Cyclones by only two points, 85-83. Some selections he received this season were Second-team All-American, first team All-ACC, and was awarded the ACC’s most improved player.[6]

Junior Season: Even with only two games played so far this season for the Tar Heels, Paige is already getting national recognition. He has been nominated to the pre-season All-American team, where he led in votes received. He also has been nominated to First-Team All-ACC, and was voted Preseason ACC Player of the Year and best guard in the country by ESPN. In an ESPN article by the name of “Bold predictions for 2015-15,” John Gasaway states that “Marcus Paige will be the national player of the year.”[7] He is also on the watch list for the 2014-15 Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation’s top collegiate point guard.[8]


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