banner
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.

16 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • CarolinaBlue (.791) Jul 16, 2014

    Academic All-American Marcus Paige.

  • Alex25 Jul 15, 2014

    Go to class...and stop cheating.

  • Two Out of Three UNC Jul 11, 2014

    #PAIGEBLOOD!!!!

    WWWWOOOOOOO-OOOOOOT!!!!

  • LuvsThePack Jul 11, 2014

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

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 11, 2014

    View quoted thread



    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, 2014

    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, 2014

    View quoted thread



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

  • LuvsThePack Jul 11, 2014

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

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 11, 2014

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

  • roberttherugguy Jul 11, 2014

    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.

More...

 

 

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: RailHawks at Jacksonville

    Tonight at 7:30 on WRAL-2

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Syracuse

    Tonight at 6:20 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • MLB: Detroit at LA Angels

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
Final
SYR 1
DUR 3
 
6:35pm Tonight
SYR
DUR
 
Final
KAN 8
CHC 4
Final
COL 4
PHI 1
Final
TAM 1
BAL 2
Final
MIA 4
NYM 3
Final
WAS 2
CIN 5
Final
BOS 4
TEX 7
Final
ARI 7
MIL 5
Final
CWS 6
HOU 3
Final
TOR 6
MIN 4
Final
LOS 0
STL 3
Final
DET 0
ANA 2
Final
NYY 2
OAK 6
 
Final
CLE 1
SEA 2
9th
PIT 2
SDP 2
 
Final
ATL 2
SFG 4
2:10pm Today
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Today
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Today
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Today
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Today
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Tonight
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Tonight
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
Final
TAM 2
NYR 0
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
ANA
 
Final
AUBURN 6
CHARLESTON 7
 
Final
CALIFORNIA 9
CCAROLINA 3
 
Final
COLUMBIA 6
ECAROLINA 3
 
Final
ORALROBRTS 6
ARKANSAS 8
 
Final
SFLORIDA 5
FAU 3
 
Final
WRIGHTST 7
NOTREDAME 13
 
Final
MICHIGAN 10
BRADLEY 5
 
Final
OREGON 1
IOWA 3
 
Final
TEXAS 4
OREGONST 5
 
Final
INDIANA 7
RADFORD 1
 
Final
ULLAFAYETE 7
RICE 6
 
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
Final
LEHIGH 3
LSU 10
 
Final
CLEMSON 4
ARIZONAST 7
 
Final
MERCER 4
FLORIDAST 5
 
Final
MOREHEADST 2
LOUISVILLE 7
 
Final
VIRGINIA 6
USC 1
 
7:00pm Friday
CANISIUS 0
SWMISSOURI 0
 
Final
FIU 2
MIAFLA 6
 
Final
FLAAM 0
FLORIDA 19
 
Final
MARYLAND 3
MISS 1
 
Final
STJOHNS 4
OKLAHOMAST 5
 
Final
TSOUTHERN 0
TEXASAM 5
 
Final
VCU 7
DALLASBAPT 2
 
Final
HSTNBAPT 4
HOUSTON 6
 
Final
LIPSCOMB 1
VANDERBILT 9
 
Final
OHIO 3
ILLINOIS 10
 
Final
SACREDHART 0
TCU 10
 
7th
PEPPERDINE 3
FULLERTON 9
 
Final
SANDIEGOST 4
CSANTABAR 3
 
7th
TULANE 1
NWILMINGTN 9
 
5th
CSBAKER 1
UCLA 3
 
12:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
12:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
12:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
1:00pm Today
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
1:00pm Today
FAU
FLAAM
 
1:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
1:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
1:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
1:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
3:30pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
3:30pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
4:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
4:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
4:00pm Today
TBA
TBA
 
5:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
6:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
6:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
7:00pm Tonight
FLORIDA
SFLORIDA
 
7:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
7:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
7:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
7:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
7:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
7:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
8:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
8:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
8:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
8:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
9:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
9:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
10:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
11:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
11:00pm Tonight
TBA
TBA
 
Final
SYR 1
DUR 3
 
6:35pm Tonight
SYR
DUR