Paige Planning UNC Visit

Following a strong spring and summer, Marcus Paige, a standout at Marion (Iowa) Linn-Mar, caught the eye of the North Carolina staff.

"I thought I had a pretty good summer," Paige said. "Our team was pretty successful and I was able to pick up a couple of schools of interest. I thought the summer went really well."

A true lead guard, Paige has a terrific understanding of the game and does a great job of setting up teammates, but he's also a capable scorer.

"I'm definitely a floor general as a point guard and I think I do a good job of leading and being a vocal leader," he said. "I can also score the ball too. I'm just a floor general with a scoring edge too."

Offers are already rolling for one of the top point guards in the 2012 class. Iowa, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa State have stepped up with offers. UCLA, Stanford and North Carolina are also targeting him.

"It's going good," Paige said of his recruitment. "We've had quite a few coaches come to my school and I've made a couple of visits. So far it's going pretty good."

North Carolina coach Roy Williams made a trip to see him this past week.

"Coach Williams came down this past Tuesday with a couple of his assistants and it was the third time they've come down," Paige said. "They told me they are recruiting me and one other point guard in that class because they need a point guard. I'm trying to find a date where I can go down there in the next month or two."

The Tar Heels have always been exclusive with their scholarship offers. While Paige doesn't currently have one, the staff has discussed the process of getting one.

"They said when they talked to my parents and me that I would know a lot more in the next couple of months if they are going to offer," the 6-foot guard said. "These next few months will probably say a lot for that."

Paige said UNC was one of the schools that followed him during the summer. But the interest picked up following July.

"In the summer they were interested and I talked to them a couple of times," Paige said. "Then recently they started showing up a lot more. I talked to Coach on the phone and they talked to my parents, so interest is definitely picking up."

And Paige said there is definitely mutual interest. He said he'll know more about the Tar Heel program after he sets up an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill, N.C.

"It's one of the powerhouse programs, so it's definitely one of the programs that I'm considering and I'd love to go out and take a visit, which is something I plan to do sometime soon," he said. "They are always good and I want to win when I go to college, so they'll definitely be a factor in my recruitment."

Despite the early attention, Paige said his plan is to wait out the process and narrow his list of schools following his junior season.

"My whole goal was to go through the process and wait until right before the signing period my senior year," Paige said. "I wanted to make a list of maybe and work down from there. It could end up being six or seven, but I definitely want a list and trim it down throughout the summer."

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