An attendee in 2009 following his freshman season at Marion (IA) Linn-Mar High School, the lefty point guard found a great deal of value in his first Elite Camp experience, for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, it afforded him the chance to work with such
high-level college coaches and college players – a rare opportunity for
any high school prospect looking to improve.
"It's definitely an experience that shows you what the future is going
to be like at college in general, not just at Kansas," said Paige, one
of the fastest-rising prospects in the Class of 2012. "And it gives you
a chance to play against some other top guys. Kansas always brings the
top guys to their stuff and always recruits some of the top guys."
Those reasons are why Paige is looking forward to making the trip next
month, after confirming with assistant coach Joe Dooley that he would
be attending earlier this week.
Dooley is the Jayhawks' lead recruiter for Paige, as the program has
ramped up its interest in him of late – and they're far from the only
ones to do so. Already he has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota
and Northern Iowa, with Kansas, Wisconsin and Marquette among those
seeking to become more involved.
The increased attention is the natural result of Paige's play thus far
in the AAU season, as he and his teammates on a loaded Martin Brothers
squad have experienced a great deal of success.
Lightning quick with outstanding handles a high basketball IQ, he feels
his biggest strength is his ability as a true "floor general," while
citing his physical strength (he stands 6-feet tall and weighs in just
shy of 160 pounds) as perhaps the area most in need of improvement.
"My leadershp skills are pretty high," Paige said. "And then also I'm a
pretty good passer and I control tempo pretty well. I can also score
when called upon."
As of now, the Iowa native is still in the information-gathering stage
of the recruiting process, waiting to see what other offers roll in
before beginning to narrow his list.
However, if a Kansas offer does come, he said, it would be hard to
imagine eliminating the Jayhawks from consideration – no matter how
deep into the decision-making process he gets.
"If I get that chance, I think they'll always be in the running," Paige
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