Kansas Offers 2012 Point Guard

2012 point guard prospect Marcus Paige and KU head coach Bill Self played a little phone tag the last couple of weeks but when the two finally connected, Kansas became the latest school to offer the talented six-footer from Marion, Iowa.

After a busy, yet productive summer where Marcus Paige admitted he played "a lot of games" he was rewarded for his hard work Thursday night when he and KU head coach Bill Self finally connected and spoke about a possible future at KU.

"We just talked about getting a chance to get there for a visit - which I'm going to be at Late Night in the Phog," continued Paige. "He just talked about how I fit into the system up there and how I'm the kind of point guard that he'd like to coach and that the opportunity to come to Kansas is there."

The talented and smooth left-hander did not shy away from what it means to receive an offer from a national power like KU.

"They've been recruiting me for quite some time now," Paige continued. "Over the past couple of months it actually got a lot more serious. It's pretty exciting to know (I could be) a part of the program. Its a great honor to have."

Paige has already accumulated about "8-9" scholarship offers and has visits planned for Iowa - which is just a half hour drive from his home - and he will attend the Iowa State vs. Iowa football game in September. He will obviously be in Lawrence for Late Night in the Phog. A visit to Illinois is in the works, a trip he will also likely make in September. As a coveted junior this the beginning of the feeling out process where Marcus and his family will help him find the "right fit" and also the right staff.

"For me its mostly about the relationship i have with the coaching staff. More so than going as many places as i can try to develop relationships with the coaches that i'm really interested in, that's probably the main thing in my recruiting," Marcus told Phog.net.

The main reason Paige is on the radar and the reasons why Self has been a regular at his games for the better part of two years is the game he features and Paige believes he has made strides this summer.

"I've gotten a little more explosive. I've gotten quicker. My jump shot is, even during the summer, it was kind of up and down its definitely a lot better than it was last summer," said Paige providing a modest and honest assessment.  

Paige is the consummate point guard who does everything a coach could possibly ask. He can defend with his long arms and wants to cause havoc on the defensive end. He still reminds me of Mario Chalmers with the number of balls he gets his hands on.

On the offensive end, he has a pretty lefty stroke from three but he also possesses an adequate midrange game where he isn't afraid to stop and elevate over a defender. He can get to the rim and despite his 6-0 size he is able to finish thanks to his hops and his long arms. With the ball in his hands he knows how to run a team. Its what a point guard does and sounds simple but Marcus does it in every way. You want a guy who leads, knows how to get his teammates involved but yet is also a threat to score - Paige can do all of that but he strives to get better.

Marcus knows the one concern people may have about him is his size. At 6-0 he does have the long arms he needs to play bigger than he is but right now he's on the skinny side. He knows that fine-tuning his game on the court and adding muscle to his somewhat frail frame will make him even better.  

"I think i need to keep working on getting stronger, put on some weight and just keep working on my all around skills - my ball-handling and trying to get more explosive those are the things i need to work on," a motivated Paige concluded.

His Linn-Mar High school team has dreams of a state championship this season a quest that according to Paige is quite possible "now that Harrison Barnes is gone."  

The talented junior has two years to work on his body, his game, and a state title but in the meantime, there will be plenty of media and fans clamoring for an indication of which school he might choose. The list of schools will continue to grow and he is well-aware that his recruitment is a process in its very early stages which is why there is currently no list of favorites.

But KU fans needn't worry because by all indications Self and his staff will certainly have their pitch heard.  

"They're definitely right in the mix," stated Marcus. "I mean a program with that rich tradition and how successful they've been in recent years its hard to not consider an offer like that so I'm definitely considering (KU)."

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