Full Weekend for Paige

Some players use official visits as a means to decide where they want to go to school. Marcus Paige used his this past weekend as a celebration of a decision he made nine months ago.

The 6-foot-1 point, 160-pound guard from Marion (Iowa) Linn-Mar arrived in town Thursday night and stayed through Sunday, taking in North Carolina's "Late Night with Roy" festivities and getting better acquainted with his future teammates.

Paige's visit started Friday morning when he met with academic advisers, coaches and other members of the basketball staff. Later in the morning, Paige had his first meeting with strength and conditioning coach Jonas Saratian. Saratian, who will play a big role in the slight point guard's development, gave Paige an introduction of what strength and conditioning is like at UNC.

"He just said they do individual plans and stuff for everyone," Paige said. "He said in the first five weeks of my summer school I'm going to see a big change in my body and everything. He was just giving me a heads up on the stuff we do."

Along with fellow commitment J.P. Tokoto and visitors Nate Britt and T.J. Warren, Paige attended "Late Night with Roy" on Friday night. The four visitors watched current UNC players participate in skits and then a short scrimmage.

"The skit with Tyler Zeller, Kendall (Marshall) and the animal print pants was probably the funniest one," Paige said. "That stuff is cool because you get to see some of the players' personalities and stuff."

The skits, however, were no comparison to the basketball action that came afterward. Late Night, and the team practice the following morning, was Paige's first chance to see the preseason No. 1 Tar Heels in action and he came away impressed. Paige said it didn't take long for him to realize just how much talent was on the floor.

"It's cool because in practice they go at each other and you can see the depth of the team right away," Paige said. "They've got three different groups that are just stacked with talent. It's really exciting to see."

The scrimmage also showed out the depth of athleticism on this year's team, Paige said.

"You've got little guys like Dexter going up and dunking on people. Then you've got the length and athleticism of (Desmond) Hubert and (John) Henson -- even Zeller," Paige said. "It's just a really athletic team that has depth at every position."

After hanging out with the team Friday night, Paige and the other visitors went to the UNC-Miami football game Saturday. Then they hung out with the current players again Saturday night.

Paige said he had a good time and felt the two uncommitted players -- Warren and Britt -- did, too.

"They looked like they were having a good time and they could see themselves here," Paige said. "They just have to make that right choice now."

Paige and Tokoto, the two committed players, both spent some time this weekend trying to sell Warren and Britt on Chapel Hill. He tried not to overdo it but felt UNC was in good position with both.

"I feel like it was a pretty good visit for them," Paige said. "I think Nate had a really good time. T.J. is a little more quiet but I still think he had a great time. He spent a lot of time with me and J.P. which was good because we're pretty good friends. Hopefully that helps a little bit."

During his meeting with the staff on Friday, Paige said he and Roy Williams further discussed the possibility of Britt coming to Chapel Hill. It wasn't the first time Paige had heard of the possibility of a second point guard commitment in two years and he said it didn't bother him at all.

"I already knew (Williams) was recruiting a 2013 point guard for a while because of the possibility of Kendall (Marshall) leaving early. He has been up front with both of us and can see us playing significant minutes together because we both do so many things well," Paige said. "In case people are wondering I like Nate a lot and have no problem with him coming to UNC."

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