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
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
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
Kansas Offers 2012 Point Guard
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