January 29, 2010

Paige talks Iowa visit

The main focus for Marcus Paige right now is on his sophomore season at Linn Mar High School, but the talented point guard is also working in a few unofficial college visits when his schedule allows. On Wednesday night the talented 2012 prospect made the short drive to Iowa City with his father and sat behind the Iowa bench to watch the Hawkeyes play Ohio State.

This was Paige's second trip to an Iowa game in less than a month and he enjoyed the up-close experience.

"I know they are in a rebuilding process, but recently they have been playing a lot better," Paige said. "They have a really great crowd tonight. Right now I am just trying to learn as much as I can about the program, come down and watch them play when I can, and get a feel for the overall program."

The 5-foot-11 point guard said on Wednesday night that the Iowa coaches, who have already offered a scholarship, have attended a couple of his games this year.

The visit to Iowa City isn't the only trip that Paige has made in recent months. He attended Wisconsin game when they played Duke earlier this season and last week he made his way to Ames to watch the Cyclones play Kansas. His future trips could include visits to Minnesota, who has offered a scholarship, and Illinois, along with a possible return trip to Iowa.

"It is a lot of fun to get out and check out the different teams, learn about the program, and get a feel for the game atmosphere."

But the focus for Paige at this point isn't on picking a college. He is focused on leading his Linn Mar squad to a league title and a return trip to the state tournament in March.

"Right now it is going pretty well. We haven't lost since the Bettendorf game early in the year, so we are picking up some momentum," he said. "Now that we have a winning streak going, teams are coming after us and getting their best shot. I think it is good that we are getting that because it will make us a better team."

Linn Mar currently sits at 12-1 this season and undefeated in league play. After losing several key players to graduation, the Lions have not missed a beat this year thanks in large part to the mature play of their talented point guard.

"It is a huge difference this year. Last year I was a freshman and just trying to get used to everything. This year I feel almost like a veteran. It is a completely different feeling."

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