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Paige bulking up for sophomore season

Posted July 12, 2013

North Carolina basketball player Marcus Paige has big plans for this summer. The rising sophomore has been hitting the weights and has bulked up from 157 pounds to 171 in order to add muscle to face the bigger, stronger guards in the college game.

“I’ve done so many different things just trying to get stronger and more flexible (in order to become) a better athlete,” Paige said.

The 6-foot guard averaged 8.2 points with a 35.6 field goal percentage, 2.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in 35 games as a freshman last season with the Tar Heels. Paige ranked second on the team in steals with 48 last season.

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“I’d always played lighter than my opponents, even back in high school I wasn’t the heaviest guy on the court, but it really made a difference in college. Strength is a key part of the game, refs let you play more physical,” said Paige.

Paige found that out while playing against bigger, stronger competition in the ACC, such as guards like Miami’s Shane Larkin and NC State’s Lorenzo Brown.

“Dealing with guys like that was a lot harder as a small guy,” Paige said. “I’m not focused on playing at a certain weight or anything. I just want to be stronger, have a stronger base, so I can get through screens and not get fatigued so easily.”

He’s also bulking up his on-the-court experience by playing pickup games against former Carolina guards, Kendall Marshall and Raymond Felton.

“Kendall’s talking to me about leading,” said Paige. “Raymond’s talking to me about it’s my turn to be more aggressive and show people what I can do - confidence boosting things during workouts after workouts. They’re little things but they mean a lot to me.”

Experts say the biggest gains come between a player’s freshman and sophomore seasons and Paige is ready to prove them right.

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  • TSKMFs Jul 26, 10:37 p.m.

    I can't speak as far as his grades, but now that da"ewe" is discouraging(I think) carrying "9's" it might be good for self protection.
    :)~

  • The Greatest Ever Jul 26, 8:24 p.m.

    He needed top gain weight anyways. Keep it up bro

  • The Greatest Ever Jul 26, 7:43 p.m.

    He's a good guy...keep it up Marcus

  • Hokies94 Jul 13, 6:29 p.m.

    I watched his interview last evening. Paige has his goals in tact. He has a top notch GPA, and he conducts himself very well in the classroom, and on the court. He's a total winner. He ran the floor as well as any last season. He's also a team player and totally unselfish. He has a bright future in basketball or whatever he chooses to do in life.

  • StunGunn Jul 13, 1:23 p.m.

    dook cheerleader: i ate the bones!

    — Posted by weakened back

    kennedy meeks: I ate the whole bucket!

    — Posted by 903 PJ trusted Rodney Blackstock

    OK - that is funny no matter who you pull for.

  • DUKE4EVER Jul 13, 10:24 a.m.

    Does he cheat, too - ?? We would say: YES! All other UNC folks - playas, students, faculty,... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    You are so dumb its funny, where is your proof that all others cheat? 1 or 2 people get in... View More

    — Posted by The Greatest Ever

    Hope you are not trying to say that unc is the greatest.

    Good school, but the athletic department is definitely in a tailspin.

  • rushbot Jul 13, 8:16 a.m.

    bulking up..hopefully (but with a unc athlete one never can tell) he doesn't mean like fats thomas..and hopefully he will not be asking pj hairston for any advice on herbal appetite stimulants...

  • samr Jul 13, 12:13 a.m.

    dook cheerleader: i ate the bones!

    — Posted by weakened back

    kennedy meeks: I ate the whole bucket!

    — Posted by 903 PJ trusted Rodney Blackstock

    now that is funny....but Kennedy will be fine as long as he works hard

  • The Greatest Ever Jul 12, 9:01 p.m.

    Does he cheat, too - ?? We would say: YES! All other UNC folks - playas, students, faculty,... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    You are so dumb its funny, where is your proof that all others cheat? 1 or 2 people get in trouble and all a sudden its the whole university? You are just crazy!!!! UNC is and always maintains its highest integrity and is and always will be the greatest University in America...sorry Dook.....your's is not the greatest....

  • wjuliang Jul 12, 8:01 p.m.

    Paige bulking up

    ...by shotgunning regular budweisers instead of bud lights....

    Paige: tastes great!
    PJ: less... View More

    — Posted by 903 PJ trusted Rodney Blackstock

    Puhleeeze. There is NO comparison of Marcus Paige and PJ. Paige is what you'd want to see in a... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    +1

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