Phog First Look: Marcus Paige

To kick off the KC Classic in Shawnee, the KC 76ers took on the Martin Brothers in the 16s division. The 76ers were without the services of Ishmael Wainwright, while the Martin Brothers boasted a pair of high level 2012 prospects in slender 6'0 PG Marcus Paige and 6'11 center Adam Woodbury.

With his team struggling early in the second half, Marcus Paige took over the game with a dazzling array of skill moves.

Already an advanced ball handler, Paige breaks down defenders with ease using a myriad of shoulder fakes, ball fakes, and hesitation moves. He can crossover from right to left and vice versa, making him dangerous moving in either direction. When going to the right, Paige showed a smooth, college-ready step back jumper.

Paige's jumpshot is smooth, showing high arch and excellent rotation on the ball. He has a very consistent, compact release that is best described as "no wasted motion". In fact, most of Paige's savvy on-court game can be described using that phrase, as the lanky PG rarely wastes motion on the floor. He dribbles with a purpose, but he runs his team well and is a willing passer.

Defensively, Paige certainly has the length to develop into a good college defender down the road. He'll definitely need to add weight and strength to match up with the stronger guards at the next level, but he does look to have a frame with good shoulders to support some added muscle. Regardless, his length, savvy, and quickness alone are enough to classify him as a good defensive prospect.

Overall, Paige would appear to be a high major prospect as he already has a skill level that rivals some of the best in his class. A silky jump shot with good range will go a long way toward bringing in the high major offers.

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