Paige has work to do at UNC
Posted July 10, 2014
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.