Basketball

A busy weekend for Marcus Paige

lg BASKETBALL RECRUITING UPDATE1

By Chris Williams, CycloneFanatic.com Publisher

Marcus Paige had a busy weekend. The 6-foot, 155-pound 2012 point guard prospect out of Linn Mar camped at Kansas on Friday and Saturday, while taking in Iowa State’s Elite Camp on Sunday.

Paige is part of a talent-rich 2012 class in the state of Iowa. On Sunday afternoon, Paige got acquainted with new Iowa State head basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.

“Today was the first time that I actually got to talk to him (Hoiberg) in person. I have talked to him on the phone but I got a chance to meet him this weekend and that was pretty exciting,” Paige said. “He was just telling me about how I can contribute to the offense that he wants to run. He’s really excited to turn around the Cyclone program. He is pretty confident that he can get the job done. It seems like a great fit.”

“I like everything he has done so far. He’s talking about playing the up-tempo game. I can’t wait to see it when he starts getting some guys.”

During his time in Ames, Paige got to rub elbows with a couple of 2011 Cyclone commitments, Elgin Cook and Anthony Odunsi.

“They are both pretty good,” Paige said. “Cook is a great athlete. It’s always nice to have guys like that. Odunsi is a solid player. He plays hard and can get to the rack. They both looked pretty good.”

For the first time, Iowa State’s Elite Camp primarily took place in the brand new Sukup Practice Facility. Paige remembers previous Elite Camps in Ames. Needless to say, the Sukup facilty is a monumental improvement.

“It is almost night and day, the difference,” Paige said. “Some guys will pick schools simply because of the facilities that they have. To have something like that, it not only helps recruiting but it also helps once you get guys on campus. It is just a great thing to have everything in one spot.”

Paige told CycloneFanatic.com that Iowa State will be a factor in his recruitment up until decision time. According to his Rivals.com profile, Paige currently holds offers from: Iowa State, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Northern Iowa.

However, after his weekend in Lawrence, Paige seems to feel that Kansas is getting more interested by the day.

“Kansas’ interest level has gone up a little bit,” Paige said. “I made it down there and got a chance to talk with Coach (Bill) Self a little bit. They have some high interest in me I guess.”

“We didn’t talk about an offer but they let me know that they like my game and that they are going to keep a close eye on me over the next few months.”

Paige also said that Wisconsin is showing heavy interest.

Paige is playing AAU ball with the Martin Brothers this summer.

Chris Williams

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Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.