Marcus Paige

Marcus Paige Offers Final Four Advice to Current Tar Heels in Players Tribune Essay

With UNC just two wins away from avenging last year’s loss in the NCAA Championship game, former point guard Marcus Paige took to the Players Tribune on Friday to reminisce on what could have been, as well as offer up some advice for this year’s team. Tar Heel fans everywhere will never forget the scene. With 4.7 seconds left on the clock, Paige hit an incredible double-clutch three-pointer that tied the game against Villanova and capped a 10-point UNC rally. If only for a brief moment, the championship seemed like it was destined to arrive in Chapel Hill after...

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UNC Honors Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige at Halftime of Virginia Game

Two of the most beloved Tar Heel basketball players in recent memory had their jersey numbers honored on Saturday night during halftime of UNC’s blowout win over No. 14 Virginia. Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige–who each graduated following last season–are the 50th and 51st Tar Heel players to have their jerseys placed in the rafters of the Dean E. Smith Center. Although Johnson’s No. 11 and Paige’s No. 5 have been on display in the rafters all season, Saturday marked the official ceremony. UNC makes two distinctions for jerseys in the rafters. Eight numbers have been “retired” and will...

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Marcus Paige Signs Contract with Utah Jazz

Former UNC guard Marcus Paige has signed a contract with the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz, the team announced on Monday. The Jazz took the four-year Tar Heel in the second round of the NBA draft earlier this summer. Paige averaged more than 13 points and four assists per game during his time in Chapel Hill, including leading UNC to the National Championship game as a senior. Paige played for Utah’s summer league teams, where he averaged seven points an 1.6 assists while playing nearly 20 minutes a game over the nine-game stretch. The signing doesn’t guarantee Paige a...

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UNC Men’s Basketball Places Three on NABC Honors Court

The UNC men’s basketball team showed its academic chops Wednesday, when it was announced that three seniors from last year’s Final Four squad earned spots on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honor Court. Marcus Paige, Justin Coleman and Toby Egbuna were each selected as recognition for their achievements in the classroom. In order to qualify for the honor, players must meet four requirements: 1) They must be either a junior or senior 2) They must have been at their current institution for at least a full year 3) They need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or...

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NBA Draft: Marcus Paige Goes to Utah Jazz in Second Round

Marcus Paige had to sit and wait through 54 picks during Thursday’s NBA Draft–anxiously awaiting a moment he’d been imagining his entire life. With only six picks before the end of the draft, time was running out. Then, nearly two hours after watching his best friend and roommate–Brice Johnson–get selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, the former UNC point guard was chosen in the second round (55th overall) by the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn then traded Paige’s rights to the Utah Jazz. Although as a second round pick he won’t be guaranteed a contract, Paige will have a...

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NBA Draft Preview: Brice Johnson & Marcus Paige

Thursday night, the NBA Draft will mark the start of a new beginning for 60 aspiring professional basketball players. While a couple of them have a strong shot to become All-Stars in the near future, many more are better suited to filling a role for their team–such is life when only 15 players can be on a roster and established stars can rule over the league for a decade at a time. During his 13-year tenure as head coach at UNC, the most tired criticism Roy Williams has received is that he doesn’t produce many All-Stars. In a way,...

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Marcus Paige Applies for the NBA

NBA teams will be adding new employees on June 23.  One of those employees could be Marcus Paige. In an article for the Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that features posts written by professional athletes, the former UNC guard shared his “application” to the NBA. In the application, Paige shared the basic information that any fan of the Tar Heels would know.  He’s applying for a position at point guard.  His college is the University of North Carolina.  He would like to play with his UNC teammate Brice Johnson. The application also asks Paige to judge his...

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UNC to Play Indiana in Bloomington for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

UNC men’s basketball announced in a release on Tuesday afternoon it will travel to Bloomington, Indiana on Nov. 30 for a Sweet 16 rematch against the Indiana Hoosiers. The game will be played in historic Assembly Hall as part of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and televised on the ESPN family of networks. Although no start time has been announced yet, that information will be available later in the summer. UNC defeated Indiana 101-86 in the East Regional Quarterfinals in Philadelphia this past season on its way to the National Championship Game. Senior guard Marcus Paige led the way that night...

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Johnson and Paige Honored at End-of-Year Ceremony

UNC seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were both honored on Tuesday evening during the men’s basketball team end-of-year awards ceremony. Johnson won the Dean Smith Most Valuable Player award after the forward put together one of the best seasons in UNC history. Meanwhile, guard Marcus Paige won the Defensive Player of the Year award; this marked the first time that one player won that award four times over the course of their career. UNC was gathering to celebrate a season that saw the Tar Heels enter the year as the preseason No. 1 team in the country and...

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Jenkins’ Shot Stuns UNC at the Buzzer; Wins Title For Villanova

Following a miracle sent from the heavens down to Houston–an off-balance, game-tying three-pointer by UNC guard Marcus Paige with four seconds remaining–Villanova forward Kris Jenkins got the ball wide open at the top of the key. Jenkins then calmly swished a three of his own–leading the Wildcats to an unbelievable 77-74 victory over the Tar Heels in Monday night’s NCAA National Championship Game. “All we needed was 4.7 seconds of defense,” an emotional Paige said after the game. “It didn’t work out. “Kris is their best three-point shooter and he got a pretty clean look—for whatever reason,” he continued. “There’s...

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