North Carolina

Paige has work to do at UNC

Posted July 10, 2014

North Carolina's Marcus Paige during the Tar Heels' ACC Tournament game verus Pitt on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Greensboro, NC.  (Photo by Jack Morton)

Despite a breakthrough season Marcus Paige says he never gave any real consideration to leaving North Carolina for the NBA.

“I just really want to have a chance to do something special here, both individually and as a team,” Paige said. “I haven’t done that yet, so I was pretty much all in from the time we lost.”

Those early NCAA losses, at least by Carolina standards, are a big reason Paige feels he has more work to be done in Chapel Hill.

“Walking through this tunnel every day, seeing two Final Four courts, talking to guys like Sean May and Marvin Williams, who work out with us all the time, about their experience as national champions, the motivation is there, and I think we’re really working hard to be able to make progress towards that goal,” he said.

A year ago at this time, Paige was focused on gaining strength and stamina. That work paid big dividends as Paige became a dominant second half player last season.

This summer, it has been the same and more.

“A lot more of the same,” Paige said. “Also, a little bit more on my individual offense, being able to score with the ball in my hands. Last year, I ran off a lot of screens and had a lot of off the ball scoring opportunities.

“This year I worked on isolation stuff and just being able to create my own shot because that will help me move forward.”

Marcus Paige made a quantum leap between his freshman and sophomore seasons. He should move back to his natural position this year, which has some calling him the best point guard in college basketball.

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  • CarolinaBlue (.791) Jul 16, 8:07 p.m.

    Academic All-American Marcus Paige.

  • Alex25 Jul 15, 8:29 a.m.

    Go to class...and stop cheating.

  • Two Out of Three UNC Jul 11, 4:16 p.m.

    #PAIGEBLOOD!!!!

    WWWWOOOOOOO-OOOOOOT!!!!

  • LuvsThePack Jul 11, 3:37 p.m.

    Gunny, Carolina was bound to get one eventually. ;)

  • StunGunn Jul 11, 3:28 p.m.

    He has work to do? Yeah, just not SCHOOL work. ;)

    — Posted by LuvsThePack

    He's an academic All-American, he runs circles around Cat Barber on and off the court.

    — Posted by tdouble232323

    Agree! All you have to do is listen to one of Paige's interviews and you can hear how intelligent he is. He's a true STUDENT/athlete.

  • JDT0827 Jul 11, 3:06 p.m.

    UNC will be an improved team this year no doubt, with Paige leading the way. Great kid. If Tokoto improves as much from his SO year to JR year, as he did from his FR to his SO year, he'll be pushing All-ACC 1st or 2nd team as well. My biggest worry is on the defensive end by UNC's bigs.

  • tdouble232323 Jul 11, 3:05 p.m.

    He has work to do? Yeah, just not SCHOOL work. ;)

    — Posted by LuvsThePack

    He's an academic All-American, he runs circles around Cat Barber on and off the court.

  • LuvsThePack Jul 11, 2:00 p.m.

    He has work to do? Yeah, just not SCHOOL work. ;)

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 11, 7:54 a.m.

    I also think Rodney Purvis will blossom under Ollie. Luck? That was funny. Was UNC ever lucky in 82, 93?

  • roberttherugguy Jul 11, 7:32 a.m.

    winchester-.308 I guess you did not see the contribution from UConn's two freshman in the NCAA tournament and I know for sure you do not know the class they have coming in, and oh yea they happen to have a coach many NBA teams would love to have, who by the way is 2-0 against Billy Donovan, 2-0 against Tom Izzo, and 1-0 against John Calipari, the supposed cream of the college coaching ranks. Remember that was Kevin Ollies first, FIRST, NCAA tournament as a coach. UConn wins another Championship before UNC even gets a whiff of a Final Four appearance.

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