Iowa Soph Marcus Paige Gets Gopher Looks

Marcus Paige, a 6-foot, 150-pound sophomore point guard from Marion (IA) Linn-Mar, has already attracted plenty of recruiting interest, despite playing just one year of varsity basketball. Paige has already received three scholarship offers and Minnesota assistant coach Saul Smith went to watch the talented sophomore Thursday.

Marcus Paige received scholarship offers from Iowa State and Northern Iowa before his freshman season and he recently got an offer from Iowa. Paige helped lead the Lions to the state championship game, where they lost to undefeated Ames, which is led by number one senior in the country, Harrison Barnes.

Paige averaged 7.3 points and 3 assists per game in his first varsity season. He scored twelve of his career-high 22 points as the Lions (23-3) rallied past Bettendorf in a Class 4A state semifinal. He scored eight points in the championship-game loss to Ames. Paige is expected to carry more of the scoring load this season as the Lions will be without graduated seniors Zach Bohannon (Air Force) and Nate Hutcheson (Western Michigan).

Linn-Mar is expected to play in the Timberwolves Shootout this year.

Paige has shined last spring as a member of the Iowa Stars 14-and-under AAU team, winning the Twin Cities Summer Classic 14-and-under title in July. 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 helped lead his Linn-Mar team to the title in the Northern Iowa and Wisconsin team camps last summer.

Paige, who switched to the Martin Brothers AAU program this year 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, who recently committed to Wisconsin over Drake, Northern Iowa and Creighton after her junior season. A 5-foot-9 guard, Paige averaged 20.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game last season. She is a is a two-time first-team all-state selection. She helped lead the Indians to the state semifinals as a sophomore. Last season, Marion finished 22-2, with both losses coming to Dubuque Wahlert, including one in the regional finals. She was named to the 2008 Iowa Newspaper Association All-State Girls Basketball Class AAA first team as a sophomore after averaging 15.8 points per game. She was the starting setter for the 3A state-championship volleyball team last fall.

Marcus Paige has also received recruiting interest from Wisconsin with the hopes that the Badgers who land both sister and brother.

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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