Paige Still Wide Open

Iowa State offered Linn-Mar High School's Marcus Paige shortly before he began his high school career a year ago. Cyclone Sports Report checks in with the star point guard to see how his sophomore season is going so far.

"We're 8-1 so far as we suffered a tough loss early in the season to Bettendorf but we've been playing well ever since that game," said Paige who is averaging 16 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals per game. "We've adjusted well because we lost three starters and about 75% of our scoring from last year."

The 6-foot, 155-pound point guard received offers from Iowa State, UNI, and Iowa last season and has added one more this year but more could be on the way. "I took a visit to Minnesota this fall and I received an offer from them," said Paige. "I also visited Wisconsin (his sister just committed to play basketball there) and although I have not received an offer yet they are recruiting me pretty hard. Kansas and Illinois have also been showing interest. I would like to take a visit to Illinois because they have been showing a lot of interest recently and I have never been there."

Marcus says he also hopes to be paying another visit to Iowa State during the season. "I'm looking for when I have some free time so that I can go up for an Iowa State home game but it's hard during the season because of my schedule," he said. "I'm still talking with Coach T.J. (Otzelberger) on a consistent basis and overall I'm still very interested in Iowa State. Right now everyone is pretty even as I don't really have any favorites yet."

Paige has stepped up his game during his sophomore season but is always looking for ways to improve. "Last year I had a lesser role because we already had a few division one players but this year I've stepped up more to be a leader because I take a lot of pride in doing that," he said. "I also feel I'm improving my ability to get to the basket. My shooting is one thing that I'm still trying to get better at and I still need to get stronger and quicker. I also feel that I want to improve my pressure defense as the season goes on."

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