North Carolina State‘s T.J. Warren may be the leader for the ACC Rookie of the Year award currently, but Marcus Paige is making a good case for winning this award as well. Unlike Warren, Paige has started for his team all season. Warren has only recently started for N.C. State and did so this past Saturday when they lost to UNC 76-65. Warren amassed 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks while committing four turnovers during 29 minutes of action. Paige also had an outstanding game. He finished the game with 14 points, eight assists, three rebounds, and three steals without committing any turnovers and made several clutch shots to put UNC in a position to win.
Paige accomplished this feat against a really, good team in N.C. State. In the previous match-up, Paige looked like a freshman. He had seven points, four assists, two rebounds and one block while committing three turnovers. This past weekend, Paige looked like a veteran leader who commanded his troops to a key victory.
Past winners of the ACC Rookie of the Year Award include Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Marvin Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, Kyle Singler, Harrison Barnes and Austin Rivers. Paige and Warren both make a good cases for the winning this award with the body of work they’ve put together this season. Paige ranks third in the ACC in assists per game (4.4). and he is tied for fifth place with Virginia Tech‘s Erick Green in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.0). Keep in mind that Paige has started every game this season and he averages 28.1 minutes a game.
Warren only makes a top 10 ACC list in field goal percentage (62.2%). Other than this, you will not see Warren’s name listed among the top players in any statistical category. View the ACC’s top players here. The numbers do not lie. Paige should win the 2013 ACC Rookie of the Year Award.