Paige feeling the love from Kansas

Marcus Paige is no stranger to the University of Kansas campus, having spent some time in Lawrence before – most recently during Head Coach Bill Self's Elite Camp this summer.

But Late Night in the Phog? Well, that's a whole new experience entirely.

"To see all the fans in there and to know they're just coming to watch a glorified scrimmage, that says a lot about the buzz around the program and how much they care about the program," said Paige, who used descriptors like "crazy" and "awesome" when speaking of the annual season-opening festivities.

One of the top point guard prospects in the Class of 2012, Paige – who hails from Marion (IA) Linn-Mar High School – arrived with his father on campus at approximately 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. After a brief tour of the facilities with assistant coach Danny Manning, father and son sat and discussed the Jayhawks' recruitment plan with Self and assistant coach Joe Dooley.

Paige has been a priority target for the Kansas staff since they extended him an official scholarship offer in Late August. Since then, Self and Co. made the most of the recent evaluation period, traveling to Marion a small handful of times to see the young floor general work out.

The coaches just wanted to get a feel for how far along he was in the recruiting process, Paige explained, and where the Jayhawks stood with him.

As to where he is in the recruiting process, Paige said he would like to trim his list sometime after the conclusion of his junior basketball season.

And regarding where the Jayhawks stand with him...

"They've always been kind of a favorite," he said. "But I've been kind of slow to let people know that."

Don't expect a decision any time soon, however, because Paige is going to do his homework.

"It's a pretty big decision, and I don't want to have to make it twice," he added. "I just want to make sure everything is in place and it's the right fit, wherever I choose to go."


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