Marcus Paige Talks About His Recruitment

Marcus Paige, a 6-foot, 155-pound point guard from Linn-Mar, shined this past weekend at the Timberwolves Shootout. He led the Lions to an 88-71 over Minnetonka as he finished with 20 points and six assists. Paige, who was Goldensports.Net's choice for Shootout MVP, sat down with me and talked about his recruitment.

Marcus Paige, who is averaging 16 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals per game, has led the Lions to an 8-1 mark this season. The Lions lost to Bettendorf 56-53, but has bounced back to win seven straight games.

Paige has received scholarship offers from Iowa State, UNI, Iowa and Minnesota, but is getting plenty of recruiting interest.

"It's pretty much the same as it has been early in the year. I am just visiting some different schools. I am trying to get to as many basketball games that I can. Everyone is still on the same level right now. I haven't really sorted anything out."

Paige has had a chance to check out several college basketball games recently.

"I went to the Wisconsin-Duke game and last week I went down to the Iowa-Minnesota game to watch both teams there, because it is more convenient for me. I am going to try to get up for a Minnesota game. And wherever else I can fit in my schedule. I am still going to get to Kansas too, but that might be a little hard to fit in. Whatever, I can get in, I am going to go."

Paige is pleased by the team's strong start, despite heavy graduation losses from a state runner-up team.

"We lost early in the year, but we have really been improving on the defensive end and I know that tonight (against Minnetonka) we had some tough matchups, but we were there working hard, containing teams. We have been playing a lot better as the season progresses."

Minnetonka features strong backcourt play, like Linn-Mar. Paige said that this was a good matchup for his team.

"It was a great test to come down here. When you come to an event like this, you want to get a team to push you and make you a better team and that is exactly what they did. They were very good. We were able to execute a little bit better in the second half. We had a great second half and we were able to close them out."

Paige has been working hard to improve as a player.

"I am just working on getting stronger. My complete game. My jump shot and everything. Keeping in the gym. Lifting. Working out. My all-around game and trying to be a more complete player."

Paige hasn't decided on what college camps he will try to attend this summer, but he is working making some travel plans.

"I really haven't sorted that out yet, but towards the end of the season, I'll know by then what camps I want to go to."

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