May 18, 2009

Paige talks Iowa offer

The wait for Marcus Paige finally came to an end late last week. The talented Class of 2012 point guard from Linn Mar High School picked up an offer from Coach Todd Lickliter and the University of Iowa.

Paige made the short trip down 380 last Wednesday to meet with the Iowa coaches. The meeting included a tour of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, meeting several key support staff, and eventually led to the office of the head coach.

"It was a fun visit. We went there after school and the academic advisor wasn't available because of a final, but we went to Carver-Hawkeye and met with the coaches and some of the training staff and saw the locker room. It was a good time," Paige said. "After the assistant took me through the tour, I met with Coach Lickliter in his office and that is when he offered me a scholarship."

He was very happy to get his first offer from a Big Ten institution.

"It was pretty special because they were the first Big Ten school to offer and it is a great conference."

Iowa isn't alone in their interest in the 6-foot point guard, who is finishing up his freshman year in high school. Both Iowa State and Northern Iowa have offered scholarships and Wisconsin is showing plenty of interest. His older sister, Morgan, recently committed to play basketball for the Badgers, but he says that their decisions are completely separate.

"It might have some influence down the road, but it is really hard to say because our decisions are completely separate and mine is so far away," he said.

Paige said that he will be joining his Linn Mar teammates in a couple of weeks at a team camp hosted by the Badgers. In addition to the team camp, Paige will be playing with Martin Brothers AAU team and he plans on attending a few Elite Camps, including Iowa's in early August.

One of his teammates on the Martin Brothers team is Adam Woodbury from Sioux City. Earlier in the week, Woodbury also received an offer from the Hawkeyes and the two talked about the opportunity at Iowa.

"We talked about it and thought it was pretty cool. We both know that we have to continue to get better in order to be successful. We both liked our visit to Iowa," Paige said.

This past season, Paige averaged 7.3 points per game and dished out three assists. Included in his freshman season was a standout performance at the Iowa State Tournament where he scored 22 points in a win over Bettendorf.

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