Marcus Paige says he's '100 percent' committed to North Carolina

Published: September 13 2011 | 9:12 pm - Updated: 2 April 2014 | 11:47 pm in
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Linn-Mar senior point guard Marcus Paige said Tuesday he remains unwavered in his commitment to North Carolina.

Paige, one of the nation's top basketball players and highly touted recruits, hosted North Carolina Coach Roy Williams last week and looks forward to playing for the Tar Heels in 2012.

"Oh definitely, 100 percent," Paige said. "I think the 9th (of September) was the first day (Williams) could come out, and he came to my house and ate dinner and stuff. It was a good visit."

Paige, who stands 6 feet, averaged 17.7 points a game, dished 90 assists and grabbed 77 steals last year for Class 4A champion Linn-Mar. The Lions finished 26-0 and won every state tournament game by double digits.

Several schools, including Iowa, heavily recruited Paige, whom Rivals ranks as the nation's sixth-best point guard. But on Jan. 8, Paige committed to North Carolina. It was early, but the timing was right.

"I always knew I'd get it out of the way, as soon as I was confident I knew which school I wanted to go to," Paige said. "I’ve always been a Carolina fan, and I developed a pretty good relationship with Coach Williams. When I knew they were 100 percent interested in me, I couldn’t turn it down. So I got it out of the way.

"I got my fair dose of (attention) when I was getting recruited before I committed. It’s nice to be able to just talk to one coaching staff and not have to worry about all that stuff now. It’s different for everyone, some people like getting recruiting and like getting the attention and that stuff, but I wanted to get it out of the way."

Williams met with Paige before visiting Sioux City East senior center Adam Woodbury, who is one of Paige's AAU teammates. The 7-foot Woodbury will announce his decision between Iowa and North Carolina on Wednesday night in Sioux City.

"We talked about him a little bit," Paige said. "(Williams) kind of knew what he was going to say. Me and Adam have been playing together for a long time, so he was really trying to sell that to him. But we’ll see how it works."

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