Summer School

Unlike most of the participants in this weekend's Elite Camp at the University of Kansas, the event was not a new one for Marcus Paige.

One of the most promising point guard prospects in the Class of 2012, Marcus Paige has long been on the radar of Head Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks, and was in fact an Elite Camp attendee in 2009.

But this year, perhaps a little bit more than last, the Iowa product entered camp with something to prove. He wanted to solidify in the minds of the Kansas coaches his place as one of the elite floor generals in his class.

On Saturday afternoon, it sounded like that goal had been achieved.

"They said they were really pleased with my progress as a player, and that they're going to keep recruiting me pretty hard in the next couple years," Paige said. "I think this camp, I just showed them that I'm still at a level so they can recruit me, and I'll be a possible target for them."

A smooth lefty with a knack for turning on the afterburners when the game is on the line, Paige has made a splash on the AAU circuit this summer as a member of the Iowa-based Martin Brothers Select.

This weekend he enjoyed the opportunity to test his game against those in the collegiate ranks, during scrimmages with members of the current Kansas team. The competition helped provide him with an idea of where he is with his game, and where he needs to be, in order to compete at the highest level.

Though his match-ups with one current Jayhawk did stand out above the rest.

"Tyshawn Taylor," Paige said, when asked which team member he enjoyed competing against the most. "He's very athletic. It was fun getting to go against him because everything you do he's matching you foot speed-wise, or he's even one-upping you. He's a pretty tough match-up, dealing with his quickness, so I think that made me a little bit better – getting to go up against him for a lot of the time."

Though Martin Brothers has some time off ahead of them, Paige will be staying busy. He and teammate Adam Woodbury – a 7-foot center prospect in the Class of 2012 – will attend the Nike Hoop Jamboree next weekend in St. Louis.

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