Oct 26, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige (5) dribbles the ball in an exhibition game at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Poll: How will Marcus Paige Handle the Stage?

Marcus Paige is being counted on to do what few have ever done at North Carolina, start at point guard from day one for the Tar Heels.  Roy Williams professed his confidence in Paige over returning senior Dexter Strickland as the starter in the days leading up to Late Night with Roy as the guy who will replace the departed Kendall Marshall.

Paige enters Chapel Hill as the top PG prospect and #22 overall rated player in the 2012 class will play potentially the most important role on UNCs roster this season.  Paige has a much different game from that of Marshall, an accomplished scorer who averaged over 28 points per game as a senior in high school who excels at creating his own shot.  Paige has a nice jump shot with three point range and is a true floor general.

Like Marshall, Paige isn’t the quickest PG and won’t be mistaken for the second coming of Ty Lawson but he has plenty of speed to get the job done.  Perhaps the biggest concern with Paige is his skinny 160 pound frame and how he will stand up to a full college season.  Others question whether he will be able to lead the break at a high enough level given that he isn’t the passer Marshall was and lacks elite speed.

I’ve said many times that you never want to lose a Kendall Marshall, but if you must, you want Marcus Paige as his replacement.  The fact that Roy has made him the starter already is a strong indication of just how good this kid is.  I’m not worried about his ability to lead the break or his skinny frame.

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