CHAPEL HILL - University of North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige has earned freshman All-America honors for the 2012-13 season, grabbing a spot on the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team released earlier this week.
The team includes Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova), Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Sim Bhullar (New Mexico State), John Brown (High Point), Omar Calhoun (Connecticut), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Semaj Christon (Xavier), Damyean Dotson (Oregon), Olivier Hanlan (Boston College), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Danuel House (Houston), R.J. Hunter (Georgia State), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Paige (North Carolina), Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), JaKarr Sampson (St. John¹s), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown).
Paige, a member of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team, started 34 of 36 UNC games this past season, averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 assists per contest. He was fourth among Tar Heels in scoring, third in the ACC in assists and sixth in the conference in assist/turnover ratio. He also was a member of the ACC's All-Academic Team.
The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record. After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
The 2013 Kyle Macy award will be presented to the nation's top freshman on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Final Four.