Roy Williams Calls on Linn-Mar's Paige

It's been a heck of a few days for 2012 PG Marcus Paige. The Linn-Mar product celebrated his 17th birthday on his visit to Iowa on Saturday. Monday, North Carolina Coach Roy Williams was in Linn-Mar for a Paige workout. Hawkeye Insider caught up with Paige to talk about his trip to Iowa City and his thoughts on the Tar Heels entering the picture.

Marcus Paige is on a really good run.

The Class of 2012 hung out with Hollywood royalty on Saturday, when he turned 17. Monday morning, North Carolina Coach Roy Williams was at his Linn-Mar High School watching him work out.

"He was only allowed to say hi to me and watch my workouts," Paige said of the legendary Williams. "He talked to (Linn-Mar) Coach (Chris) Robertson . He said they're going to follow me close. They're going to come back and see me again this fall and then come back for a couple of games (this winter)."

North Carolina hasn't extended a scholarship offer. Kansas did a few weeks ago. He's tried to keep all the impressive attention in perspective.

"I was raised that way ," the 2012 Point Guard said. "I'm just keeping my focus on what I want out of this whole thing. I still have a lot of work to do to get to where I want to be."

Scout.com rates the 6-foot, 155-pound Paige as a four-star recruit on its five-star scale. He's the service's second-ranked lead guard in his class nationally.

Monday's excitement at Linn-Mar followed a weekend on an unofficial visit to Iowa for Paige. He got to meet popular actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore along with former Hawkeyes standouts Reggie Evans and Dean Oliver.

"I was a huge Dean Oliver fan when he played at Iowa," said Paige, who was eight during Oliver's senior year, the last time Iowa won an NCAA Tournament game. "It was nice to meet him."

Paige's visit to Iowa was his first there since the new coaching staff led by Fran McCaffery took the reigns in March. McCaffery and assistants Kirk Speraw and Andrew Francis attended an open gym at Linn-Mar on Thursday. The Hawkeyes have been working hard on recruiting the point guard.

"I think it went really well," Paige said of his visit to Iowa City on Saturday for the Hawkeye football game against rival Iowa State. "Ashton Kutcher was cool. We talked about how he follows Iowa."

MacCaffery and staff are pushing a message of change on the recruiting trail.

"When I talked with Fran and the assistants, they're saying the program isn't where they want it to be the last few years," Paige said. "They're going to change the style. They're going to change the mindset. They're trying to bring the program back to where it was when it was successful."

Paige will be attending Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse on Oct. 15. It's the Jayhawks midnight madness where they tip off the season. The point guard said he's also going to take a trip to Illinois before that.

Stanford and UCLA recently are picking up their recruitment of Paige, he said. He holds offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Clemson, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Northern Iowa and Virginia.


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