UNC Men's Basketball Bio
5 Marcus Paige



Named to the watch lists for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, both of which honor the national player of the year ... Also on the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's best point guard) ... The leading vote-getter on the 2014-15 Associated Press preseason All-America team ... Also first-team All-America in the preseason by the Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News, USA Today and Blue Ribbon ... Voted Preseason Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and Preseason All-ACC ... Named the nation's No. 2 player in the preseason by ESPN ... Named the top point guard in the nation by ESPN.com and the Sporting News ... Named in a CBSSports.com survey of NCAA coaches as one of five players in the nation they'd most want to start a college team with ... One coach commented, "He really doesn't get enough credit for what he did for North Carolina last season. Won't surprise me if he's the National Player of the Year."



Has scored 882 points with 304 assists and 159 turnovers (1.9 ratio) in 69 games • Career average of 12.8 points • First all-time at UNC in free throw percentage (with at least 100 made FTs) at 86.5 percent • Made 179 of 207 from the line • Is 131 for 352 from three-point range (.372) • Scored in double figures 40 times.


2014 Honors:

2nd-team All-America (Sporting News)

2nd-team Academic All-America

1st-team All-ACC

USBWA All-District team

ACC's Most Improved Player

Bob Cousy Award Finalist (1 of 6)

Four-time ACC Player of the Week

ACC Academic All Honor Roll



A second-team All-America by the Sporting News and a third-team All-America by Basketball Times • A second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America • Earned first-team All-ACC honors and was selected the Most Improved Player in the ACC by votes of both the media and the league's head coaches • Is the first Tar Heel point guard to earn first-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore since Phil Ford in 1976 • Is the 46th UNC player to earn first-team All-ACC honors • ACC All-Academic team selection • Two-time national and four-time ACC Player of the Week • First four-time ACC Player of the Week for UNC since Tyler Hansbrough in 2007-08 • Only two UNC players (Hansbrough and Antawn Jamison in 1997-98) have ever won ACC Player of the Week honors more in one season • One of six finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.

One of two players in the top 10 in the ACC in scoring and assists • Led UNC and was fourth in the ACC in scoring at 17.5 points per game • Led the the ACC in free throw percentage (.877), third in three-pointers made per game (2.5), third in three-point percentage (.389 ), fifth in assists (4.2), sixth in minutes played (35.6), seventh in steals (1.5), ninth in field goal percentage (.440) and 10th in assist-error (2.0) • Had the third-highest single-season free throw percentage in Carolina history • Is the first Tar Heel to lead the ACC in free throw percentage since Shammond Williams in 1998 • Made 86 of UNC's 146 three-pointers (58.9 percent), the highest percentage in UNC history (previous was 58.3 by Hubert Davis in 1991-92 • Scored 89 points (22.3) in the last four games (at Duke and three postseason games) • Scored 89 points (22.3) in the last four games (at Duke and three postseason games) • Averaged 19.9 points in eight games against Top 25 teams • Hit at least three three-pointers 17 times • Scored in double figures a team-high 29 times • Scored 30 or more points twice and 20 or more points 11 times • Scored 20 or more points in the second half three times (21  vs. Kentucky, 21 at NC State, 20 vs. Pitt) • Scored in double figures in both of UNC's overtime periods this year (11 vs. Davidson and 10 at NC State) • Led UNC in scoring 13 times, something he did not do as a freshman • Scored single digits in the first half and double digits in the second 20 times • That included scoring just four points or fewer in the first half and double figures in the second 12 times • Averaged 6.0 points in the first half and 11.6 in the second half/overtime • First half shooting was 68 for 185 from the floor (.368), including 28 of 93 from three-point range (.301) • Second half/overtime shooting is 123 for 249 from the floor (.494), including 58 of 128 from three-point range (.453) • Made 31 straight from the free throw line at mid-season • UNC's defensive player of the game a team-high 10 times • Had five or more assists 16 times.

Had a team-high 19 points, but had four turnovers in loss to Iowa State • Made four three-pointers against the Cyclones, the eighth time this year he hit four or more threes • Scored 12 of his team-high 19 points against Providence in the second half including a pair of three-pointers that tied the game in the final three minutes • Nailed a three with 3:01 to play that tied the game at 71, capping a 7-0 UNC run • Less than two minutes later (at 1:06), he nailed another three that evened the game at 77.

ACC Highlights: Led UNC with 24 points at Duke • Scored more points in the second half (18) than any other Tar Heel scored for the game • Hit all three of his three-pointers in the second half, including an off-balance, double-clutch shot on which he was fouled and converted for his third four-point play in the last 10 games • Had four turnovers, more than he had committed in the previous four games combined • Helped UNC shoot 61.9 percent from the floor in the first half and 59.6 percent for the game in the loss • Blocked a game-winning layup by Notre Dame's Eric Atkins with less than two seconds to play in UNC's 63-61 win over the Irish • Scored his 500th point of the season in the win at Virginia Tech (attempted a season-low seven field goals).

Had one of the most memorable performances in recent ACC history when he scored 31 of his career-high 35 points in the second half and overtime, including the game-winning basket with 0.9 seconds to play, in UNC's 85-84 win at NC State • Scored 21 second-half points, then scored 10 of UNC's 14 points in the extra five minutes • Went 11 for 21 from the floor, including a career-high seven of 12 from three-point range • Made five threes in the second half and two more in overtime • Both threes in overtime came with UNC trailing by six points • Most points by a Tar Heel since Harrison Barnes had 40 vs. Clemson in 2011 • Most three-pointers by a Tar Heel since Will Graves hit seven vs. Dayton in 2010 • Second 30-point game of the season • Third-most points by a Tar Heel against NC State in series history • Second time this year he scored 21 points in the second half (also vs. Kentucky) • Second time this year he scored double figures in OT (had 11 vs. Davidson) • Also had six rebounds, five assists and only one turnover in 41 minutes • Had two of the Top 10 plays that evening on ESPN's SportsCenter (acrobatic, one-handed save of a ball going out of bounds that led to a Tokoto dunk and the winning basket).

Earned ACC Player of the Week honors on 2/24 for his play against Wake Forest, Duke and FSU • Helped UNC shoot 54.7 percent from the floor (.613 in second) in win over Wake Forest • Scored all 13 of his points vs. #5 Duke in the second half including a pair of baskets with 2:11 (jumper) and 1:30 (twisting drive between three Blue Devils) to play that gave UNC a 66-62 lead • Scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half at Florida State • Also had seven assists, no turnovers and four steals vs. the Noles • Nailed three three-pointers and another jumper in a span of 3:17 to break a 57-all tie and give Carolina a 70-62 lead • Made 5 of 6 three-pointers and finished with 18 points in win over Pitt • Made a four-point play for the second time in the last three games • Had 16 points and six assists at Notre Dame, including five straight points to tie the game at 23 (ND's last lead) and a lob assist to James Michael McAdoo for a 27-23 lead at the half • Scored 18 of his game-high 25 in the second half in win over Maryland • Made four threes (most since Texas) and had seven assists and three steals against the Terps • Hit a four-point play (UNC's first since 2007) • Was his top scoring game since Louisville • Hit a twisting, reverse layup with 7:15 to play after Maryland cut UNC lead to six • Made all six of his field goal attempts, including 3 for 3 from three-point range, and scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half in the win at Georgia Tech • Picked up the scoring load after McAdoo and Tokoto went to the bench with four fouls apiece early in the second half • That followed a 1 for 7 shooting performance in the first half • Scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and finished with five assists and three three-pointers (most since Northern Kentucky) in the win over Clemson • Scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the first half in win over Boston College (had scored a total of 12 points in the first half in the previous four games).

Paige's Pre-ACC Highlights: Career-high nine rebounds against Northern Kentucky • Scored 11 of his 17 points in overtime, including nine of UNC's first 11 in extra time, in win over Davidson • Did not score until 8:17 left in regulation • Hit five three-pointers en route to 23 points in loss to Texas (and rimmed out a potential tying three at the buzzer) • Earned USBWA National and ACC Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Kentucky • Scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second half in win over the Wildcats • Had three second-half steals, all of which led to UNC baskets • Broke 46-all tie with steal and layup, hit a key three with 8:17 to play and a beautiful baseline floater to help seal the win • Scored more points in the second half than any other player on either team scored in the entire game • Season-high eight assists vs. UNCG • Scored 11 second-half points, including two three-pointers, in the win at #1 Michigan State • His second three came with 6:46 to play and gave UNC a 63-52 lead.

Earned CBSSports.com's National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week honors for his play vs. Richmond and Louisville • Earned all-tournament and Most Valuable Player honors at the Tipoff event Scored a then-career-high 32 points in win over #3 Louisville Was 6 for 9 from the floor, made three 3FGs and was 11 for 11 from the FT line against the Cardinals Scored a then-career-high 26 points and made a then-career-best six three-pointers in win over Richmond Hit five second-half threes, including three in the final 8:40 after the game was tied at 56 Scored a then-career-high 23 points on 8 of 17 shooting vs. Holy Cross Scored 16 of his 23 in the second half, including six in a decisive 18-3 Tar Heel run that started with his steal and layup Made first start at the 2-guard against Oakland and responded with four three-pointers and 14 points to go along with five assists.



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 • Birthday is September 11 • Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa • Majoring in journalism and mass communication (public relations concentration).

Position: Guard
Height: 6'0.5"
Weight: 157
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Marion, Iowa
High School: Linn-Mar
Major: Journalism & Mass Comm.
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