Marcus Paige: 2016 Draft Prospect
College: North Carolina
2015-2016 Season Stats
Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics
AS A JUNIOR (2014-15): Recipient of UNC’s Dean Smith Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive season (one of six players to win MVP honors as a sophomore and junior with Lennie Rosenbluth, Billy Cunningham, Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison and Tyler Hansbrough). Also named a permanent captain for the second year in row and the defensive player of the year and top scholar-athlete for the third straight year. Fourth player to win defensive award three times (with Derrick Phelps, Brendan Haywood and Marcus Ginyard). Led the Tar Heels in scoring at 14.1 ppg, three-pointers (career-high 94), assists (career-high 170) and steals (career-high 65) and was second in free throw percentage (.865). Earned first-team All-ACC Tournament honors after averaging 17.0 points in four games – had 24 assists, eight turnovers and eight steals. Second straight season with at least 500 points. Had 33 assists and 13 turnovers in seven postseason games. Averaged 15.3 points in 22 games against teams in NCAA Tournament. Was third in the ACC in three-pointers, fourth in 3FG% and FT%, fifth in assists, assist-turnover ratio and steals and 13th in scoring. His 94 three-pointers were the second most in a season by a Tar Heel (one shy of Shammond Williams’ 95 in 1997) and his free throw percentage of .865 was the seventh-highest in UNC history. Set the single-season school record with 238 3FG attempts (previous was 227 by Shammond Williams in 1997). Made 60 of his last 65 free throws since Christmas. Carolina’s defensive player of the game 11 times (including five straight games in the postseason). Led UNC in double figure scoring games (30) and games as top scorer (13). Scored in double figures in each of the last eight games • Scored 20 or more points six times (24 vs. Notre Dame, 23 at NC State, 23 vs. Duke, 22 vs. Syracuse, 22 vs. Arkansas and 21 vs. UCLA). Made three or more three-pointers 19 times with a season-high five at NC State, home vs. Duke and in the ACC Tournament final vs. Notre Dame. Earlier this year made multiple threes in 13 straight games (ended at BC), which tied the UNC record by Shammond Williams in 1997. Made 94 of UNC’s 184 three-pointers (51.1 percent). Made at least one three in all but one game (East Carolina). Made a 3FG in the last 30 games. Only Tar Heel to average 30 minutes a game (33.2). Played 30 or more minutes in the last 23 games (including 14 games with 36 or more minutes). Had more assists than turnovers in 29 games, including 15 of the last 16 games (78 assists, 27 turnovers in that stretch). Had 25 steals in the last nine games. Shot 94.4 percent from the FT line in ACC road games (17 of 18).2014-15 Game Highlights: Scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, including 11 in a 13-2 UNC run that erased Arkansas’ last lead of the game and gave Carolina a 10-point advantage. Was the second time in three games he scored 20 in the second half (22 of his 24 vs. Notre Dame in the second). Free throws gave UNC a 60-59 lead, then stole the ball and drove in for an acrobatic three-point play. Moments later he hit back-to-back 3FGs for a 71-61 lead. Went 9 for 9 from the FT line, the 11th time in his career he made 6 for 6 or better from the line in one game. Scored 12 points and had six assists, including one on the game-winning basket by Justin Jackson, vs. Harvard. Hit a three-pointer with 3:21 to play to give UNC a 63-59 lead.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013-14): A second-team All-America by the Sporting News and a third-team All-America by Basketball Times. A second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America. Earned first-team All-ACC honors and was selected the Most Improved Player in the ACC by votes of both the media and the league's head coaches. Is the first Tar Heel point guard to earn first-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore since Phil Ford in 1976. Is the 46th UNC player to earn first-team All-ACC honors. ACC All-Academic team selection. Two-time national and four-time ACC Player of the Week. First four-time ACC Player of the Week for UNC since Tyler Hansbrough in 2007-08. Only two UNC players (Hansbrough and Antawn Jamison in 1997-98) have ever won ACC Player of the Week honors more in one season. One of six finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. One of two players in the top 10 in the ACC in scoring and assists. Led UNC and was fourth in the ACC in scoring at 17.5 points per game. Led the the ACC in free throw percentage (.877), third in three-pointers made per game (2.5), third in three-point percentage (.389 ), fifth in assists (4.2), sixth in minutes played (35.6), seventh in steals (1.5), ninth in field goal percentage (.440) and 10th in assist-error (2.0). Had the third-highest single-season free throw percentage in Carolina history. Is the first Tar Heel to lead the ACC in free throw percentage since Shammond Williams in 1998. Made 86 of UNC's 146 three-pointers (58.9 percent), the highest percentage in UNC history (previous was 58.3 by Hubert Davis in 1991-92.Scored 89 points (22.3) in the last four games (at Duke and three postseason games). Scored 89 points (22.3) in the last four games (at Duke and three postseason games). Averaged 19.9 points in eight games against Top 25 teams. Hit at least three three-pointers 17 times. Scored in double figures a team-high 29 times. Scored 30 or more points twice and 20 or more points 11 times. Scored 20 or more points in the second half three times (21 vs. Kentucky, 21 at NC State, 20 vs. Pitt). Scored in double figures in both of UNC's overtime periods this year (11 vs. Davidson and 10 at NC State). Led UNC in scoring 13 times, something he did not do as a freshman. Scored single digits in the first half and double digits in the second 20 times. That included scoring just four points or fewer in the first half and double figures in the second 12 times. Averaged 6.0 points in the first half and 11.6 in the second half/overtime. First half shooting was 68 for 185 from the floor (.368), including 28 of 93 from three-point range (.301). Second half/overtime shooting is 123 for 249 from the floor (.494), including 58 of 128 from three-point range (.453). Made 31 straight from the free throw line at mid-season. UNC's defensive player of the game a team-high 10 times. Had five or more assists 16 times.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012-13): Named to the ACC's All-Academic team and both the coaches' and media All-Freshman teams. Named to the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team. Averaged 8.2 points and 4.6 assists. Fourth leading UNC scorer. Started 34 games at the point. Had 161 assists and 86 turnovers. Third in the ACC in assists per game and sixth in assist-error ratio and steals. More assists than turnovers in 25 games, including 16 of the last 20. Made 20 of 45 (.444) three-pointers in the last 12 games after making 12 of 43 in the first 11 ACC games (.279). Averaged 10.4 points in the last 12 games. Scored above his season average in eight of the last 12 games. Connected on multiple threes in 14 games with a high of four against Virginia Tech • Was 51 for 61 from the free throw line for a team-high percentage of .836. Led the team with eight defensive player of the game honors. Second on the team with 48 steals (made 19 steals in his first 21 games and 29 steals in his last 14 games) • Led all ACC freshmen in assists. Scored in double figures 11 times. Season-high 19 points against Virginia Tech and 10 assists against Florida State in the ACC Tournament.
AT LINN-MAR HIGH SCHOOL: Played for coach Chris Robertson at Linn-Mar High School in his hometown of Marion, Iowa. Parade All-America. Played in the McDonald’s All-Star Game (had seven assists). Invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit but was unable to play due to a stress fracture in his left foot. Averaged 28.1 points as a senior, leading a young team to a 20-6 record and the semifinals of the state tournament. Set the school’s career scoring record. Scored a personal-best 49 points against CR Kennedy in the state playoffs. Also had a 46-point game against CR Prairie. As a junior, he averaged 17.7 points and led Linn Mar to an undefeated season and the 2011 4-A state championship. Earned both all-state and state tournament honors in three different seasons. Member of the honor roll in all four years • Graduated with better than a 4.0 grade point average.
PERSONAL: Marcus Taylor Paige is the son of Ellis & Sherryl Paige. His sister plays basketball at the University of Wisconsin. Birthday is September 11. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Double-majoring in journalism and mass communication (public relations concentration) and history.