UNC Men's Basketball Bio
5 Marcus Paige
Paige Paige 818837

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



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.



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: Undeclared
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