Freshman Guard Marcus Paige Attracts Interest

Marcus Paige, a 5-foot-10 point guard who will be a freshman at Marion (IA) Linn-Mar, has already attracted plenty of recruiting interest, despite not having played a minute of varsity basketball. Paige has shined this spring as a member of the Iowa Stars 14-and-under AAU team, winning the Twin Cities Summer Classic 14-and-under title this past week.

Marcus Paige has already received scholarship offers from Iowa State and Northern Iowa. He attended the Iowa State Elite Camp and helped lead his Lin-Marr team to the title in the Northern Iowa and Wisconsin team camps.

The Iowa Stars, in addition to the Twin Cities Classic title, have won Rumble in the Bronx (June 15th), Spiece-Gym Rats Memorial Tournament (May 25th), Adidas Double Pump in Denver CO (April 20th), State Champions of the AAU (February 24th), Tournament Champions of the USSSA-MidWest Showdown in Ames (February 3rd), Wildcats Showdown in Chicago (January 13th) and the Big " O" New Years Classic in Omaha (January 6th).

They finished runner-up in the 9th Grade AAU State Tournament (March 9th).

Paige will join one of the top teams in the state, despite losing Grant Gibbs, who will play in Gonzaga this fall and Alex Weldon, who is headed to Drake. The Lions return Zach Bohannon, whose older brother Jason is a guard at Wisconsin and averaged 15.4 points per game and Nate Hutcheson (15.2). They lost to eventual state champion Iowa City, who was led by Iowa signee Matt Gatens, in the state tournament semifinals.

Paige comes from a basketball family as his father and mother, Ellis and Sherryl Paige, played basketball at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids in the 1980s. Sherryl is the the girls' high school basketball coach at Marion High School. Older sister, Morgan, is an outstanding player at Marion and has an offer to play at Northern Iowa after being named 2008 Iowa Newspaper Association All-State Girls Basketball Class AAA first team as a sophomore after averaging 15.8 points per game.

Paige is playing this summer against much older players in the Prime Time League, which features many of the Iowa players. Paige is a left-handed guard with a good outside shot. He has excellent court vision and is a talented ballhandler.

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