2012 Cyclone Recruiting Target Visits Ames

Linn Mar (IA) High School's Marcus Paige had been to Hilton Coliseum for Cyclone games before but his trip to Ames on Saturday had a different feel for freshman point guard.

"I've been to some games at Iowa State before but yesterday was the first time I had been there as a recruit," said Paige. "I liked it a lot because the atmosphere was pretty intense. Hilton Coliseum really gets loud."

The 6-foot, 144-pound point guard was impressed by the Cyclones despite the loss to Oklahoma. "I liked the way they played and I thought DG (Diante Garrett) had a really good game," said Paige. "I also thought they did a good job double teaming Blake Griffin."

Marcus had to leave right after the game but did get to sit with one of his close friends during the game. "My sister had a game last night so I didn't stay to talk with any of the players or coaches but during the game I got to sit with Mike Gesell," he said. "We haven't seen each other since the summer with AAU ball and it was a lot of fun just getting to hang out again and talk with him."

Paige says that he currently still has his two offers from Iowa State and Northern Iowa but that more schools are beginning to show interest. "I have been to a few games at Iowa and I also went to one at Wisconsin," he said. "I'm still trying to get to one at Northern Iowa."

He adds that he has really developed a solid relationship with Cyclone assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger. "I try to call Coach T.J. every few weeks but sometimes it is hard because of our schedules," said Paige. "We've had a lot of good conversations and he's just real easy to talk to. Sometimes he'll talk with me about how I can improve my game or we'll just talk about how my team is doing."

As for Linn Mar, they are doing very well. "Right now I think we are 13-1 and I think I'm playing pretty well," said Paige. "We have a great system and we also have a lot of guys who can score so I just try to do my best to get them the ball."

So what has Marcus improved on the most during the season? "My defense has definitely improved a lot since the summer," he said. "I'm able to pressure the ball and I think I've just played better overall defense."

While they did stumble once, Marcus feels that Linn Marr definitely has a chance to go deep into the state playoffs. "I really feel that we have turned it around since our loss to Sioux City Heelan," he said. "Our goal is definitely to win the state championship and I definitely think we can reach that goal."

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