As the college basketball season is in full season the roster for the McDonald’s All-American game comes out, one of the ways for the fans to see their future stars. This year’s game, which will be played on March 28 (9:30 p.m. EST on ESPN) at the United Center in Chicago, North Carolina has only one participant in it, in Marcus Paige, a point guard from Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa). The 6’1″/160 lbs has been rated as a four star by Rivals, Scout and ESPN becomes the latest North Carolina recruit to be invited to play in this all star game, and will be a great addition being able to have a pure floor general when Kendall Marshall is taking a breather and keeping Dexter Strickland at the off guard. Head coach Roy Williams said this about his future floor general when the signing class was announced…
“Marcus is a great floor general who, like the other three young men that we’ve signed, comes from a great family. He’s a straight-A student who comes from a basketball family. His mom was a long-time high school basketball coach and his older sister plays at Wisconsin. Marcus is the type of player that everyone on the floor likes to play alongside.”
From what I have been able to find out about the young man from Iowa, who plays with All Iowa Attack, he is both smart and tough at the point, being able to find the open player as well as being a threat to shoot from the outside, opening the possibility to dribble drive and dish to the open wings. However in order to be as good as he can going inside he needs to bulk up some to be at its best at the next level.
None of the three recruiting sites has the senior in the Top 20 of the 2012, but all have him as one of the top players at his position for the class. More importantly he is going to fit the way North Carolina plays and that, in the end, is the thing that truly matters when it comes to bringing in players to the program. As far as the Atlantic Coast Conference is concerned in all there are five players in the game, three going to N.C. State and the last one headed to Duke. There are also five players that are still undecided.