FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13)
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.
NCAA Tournament: Made a season-high five steals against Kansas • Scored nine of his 14 points against Villanova in the second half, including seven straight UNC points from the 3:20 to 1:36 mark • Hit a three-pointer with 2:02 to play that answered a 7-0 Wildcat run and gave UNC a 70-66 lead • Was Carolina's defensive player of the game.
ACC Tournament: Earned second-team All-Tournament honors • Averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 assists, made 12 of 20 from the floor (60 percent) and 5 of 11 from three-point range (.455) • Scored 17 points and had five assists in championship game vs. Miami • Made 6 of 9 shots from the floor against the Canes • Scored all eight of his points in semifinal against Maryland in the second half, including five in the final 2:50 • Hit a pair of key shots late • With UNC leading 71-70, he hit a baseline jumper, then dropped in a floater over 7-foot center Alex Len with 36 seconds to play to give Carolina a 77-72 advantage • Set a personal best with 10 assists and also scored nine points against Florida State • Helped the Tar Heels shoot 61.3 percent from the floor in the second half and total 83 points, the second-most the Seminoles allowed all season • Won UNC's defensive player of the game honors for the fourth time in as many games.
Regular Season Highlights: Hit three three-pointers, including a key shot late in the game, and was UNC's defensive player of the game in the win at Maryland • Committed a season-high eight turnovers, including two in a row that helped the Terps cut a 13-point UNC lead to six with 6:00 to play • However, with the shot clock running down, he then hit a three from the left wing to give the Tar Heels a 66-57 lead • Nine assists and was UNC's top defender in home win over Florida State and helped UNC shoot 55.4 percent from the floor • Outstanding in win over NC State, scoring 14 points (all in the second half) with eight assists, no turnovers and three steals • Scored 11 points in the final 7:15, including a three-pointer from the right wing with 7:15 to play that gave UNC the lead for good at 57-55 • Added a three-point play on a driving layup and foul with 5:01 left to up the lead to 64-57 • Went 8 for 8 from the foul line (best by a Tar Heel all year) and had a season-best four steals at Georgia Tech • Made three three-pointers and totaled 17 points in win over Virginia • Scored nine in the first half, helping the Tar Heels earn a 40-40 tie at the break after falling behind by 10 points on two occasions • Hit a pair of threes in the second half, the second of which gave UNC its first double-digit lead of the game • Scored a season-high 19 points, handed out five assists and tied his season-high with five rebounds in the overtime win over Virginia Tech • Made a season-high four three-pointers, the fourth of which came with 3:00 to play in overtime and gave Carolina a 62-58 lead, its first two possession lead • Scored eight of UNC's 17 points in overtime as he out-scored the Hokies, 8-5, in the extra period • Handed out six assists with just one turnover at Boston College and hit a key three-pointer late in the game • Had six assists and no turnovers in home win over Maryland • Carolina's top defensive player in the win at Florida State and added eight points, four assists and two steals • Hit a pair of first-half threes at FSU, then made two key plays late in the 77-72 win • With UNC leading 75-72, he stole the ball from Terrance Shannon after Shannon had swiped the ball from UNC and was going in for a layup with 55 seconds to play • He later hit both ends of a one-and-one with 11 seconds to play to provide the final points of the game • Had 10 points and five assists and won defensive player of the game honors at home against Miami • Scored 12 points and had four assists in win over #20 UNLV • Helped UNC shoot 50.9 percent from the floor against Runnin' Rebels • Handed out nine assists with no turnovers and earned his first defensive player of the game award vs. McNeese State • Scored 15 on 6 of 10 shooting from the floor at Long Beach • Had 13 points and five assists in the loss to Butler • Had 11 points and three assists against top-ranked Indiana • Became the eighth freshman point guard to start his first game at Carolina (Phil Ford, Kenny Smith, Ed Cota, Adam Boone, Raymond Felton, Quentin Thomas and Bobby Frasor) • Strained his left shoulder in practice on Nov. 30 and did not play against UAB.
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.
Marcus Taylor Paige is the son of Ellis & Sherryl Paige • His sister plays basketball at the University of Wisconsin • Born on Sept. 11, 1993, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa • Has yet to declare a major.