5 - Marcus Paige

6-2, 165 Point Guard
North Carolina Senior
09/11/93 (28.2 yrs)
Marion, IA
High School
Linn Mar
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
88 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Gabe Pruitt

Strengths: Paige played mostly off the ball at North Carolina, but has shown a comfort with the ball in his hands … Has become an above average ball handler … Can get into the paint, separate from his defender and create space going either direction … Excellent in transition because of his time at UNC … Good at changing pace … Possesses an hesitation move that freezes defenders … Highly developed floater … Excellent ability to control and contort his body … Finishes well with both hands … Makes quick reads out of the pick and roll … Good court vision … Elite shooter, made close to 40 percent as a sophomore and junior … Adept shot selection from the perimeter … Knockdown free throw shooter … An underrated shooter and scorer, who plays well in clutch situations, as he showed in the title game hitting a ridiculous double clutch 3 pointer that could have sent game to OT … Strong defensive stance and keeps himself between ball and basket … Moves well off the ball … Doesn’t gamble, instead tries to contain the player he’s guarding … Very aware on the defensive end … Does a nice job as an help defender … Smart, high character kid …

Weaknesses: Is not effective as a rebounder on the offensive or defensive glass … Does not possess elite or high-level quickness … Lacks strength to finish off drives and fully utilize his explosiveness … Can be overpowered by bigger guards on any area of the court … Physicality seems to disrupt his game, so adding strength will be imparitive … Inconsistent in his attempts to fight over the top of screens … His shooting slipped a bit as a senior due to a shooting slump that went on for weeks … Often rushes shots instead of staying locking into the basket and taking his time … Will try to force passes through tight spaces … Isn’t always accurate with his passes … Does not have a very fast first step … Has had trouble when trying to finish at the hoop against bigger defenders …

Outlook: Paige entered college with much fanfare and after a stellar first two seasons his play saw a dip in production as a junior. Injuries to his hand, as a senior, and battling plantar fasciitis as a junior may have been the main cause for Paige’s prolonged stay at Chapel Hill … During his four years at UNC he showed that he is one of the best shooting prospects in the 2016 draft class. Paige’s ability to play both guard positions will be a big positive at the next level and if he continues to develop his defense he will find his way on to a NBA roster … Showed tremendous leadership and gave heartfelt speech thanking coach Roy Williams on Senior night …

Notes: Measured 6’2 (in shoes) 156 lbs, with a 6’4 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy … 2014 First Team All-ACC selection … 2015 Second Team All-ACC selection … 2016 First Team Academic All-American … Back-to-back second team Academic All-American (2014-15) … 2014 SportingNews Second Team All-American … UNC’s all-time leader in free throw percentage (86.5 percent) … Third most made threes in UNC history (225) … 2016 Preseason ACC Co-Player of the Year … 2012 McDonald’s All-American …

2012 Nike Hoop Summit Measurements:

Hgt: 6’1 (in walking boot)

Wgt: 165

W-Span:  6’5.5

Reach*:   8’2

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