Paige Set to Return to Lawrence

Unlike many of the prospects who will join him next month in Lawrence, Kan., Marcus Paige is a veteran of Head Coach Bill Self's Elite Camp.

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 said.

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