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
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
"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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