Iowa Soph Marcus Paige Gets Minnesota Offer

Marcus Paige, a 6-foot, 150-pound sophomore point guard from Marion (IA) Linn-Mar, has picked up a scholarship offer from Minnesota during his unofficial visit. caught up with Paige to learn the latest on his recruitment.

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 said that he is working hard to improve himself as a player.

"I am trying to work on getting stronger. That is something that I always need to work on. Just keep shooting jump shots and get in the gym and finding my shot. Just working on finishing around the basket, especially with my right hand."

Paige played for the Martin Brothers 15-and-under AAU program that lost to the Garner Road Bulldogs 59-50 in the Showcase. Paige felt that he and the team played well this summer.

"Team-wise, we played really well. We won some tournaments like in New York and Milwaukee. We should have won, (correcting himself) I can't say we should have won, but we lost in the championship of the Showcase (in Orlando). It was a good game. We played really well."

Paige is hearing from a variety of colleges.

"It's mostly Big Ten schools. Minnesota, Iowa and Iowa State. Wisconsin has been talking a bit. Kansas recently has been talking. Coach Dooley came to an open gym recently. I got a few letters from a lot of different schools. My coaches has been giving them to me the ones that have been sent to the school."

Paige has expanded his offer list.

"Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and just today, Minnesota."

Paige averaged 7.3 points and three 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).

"We had a good year last year. We lost some of our guys, but we definitely have the guys who can fill their shoes and we should be pretty good this year. We have some guys who are juniors who are big. Our quarterback for the football team is going to play center. He is a big kid, so we are going to all right down low."

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

Paige has shined in 2008 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 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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