Comparing/Contrasting Marcus Paige to Recent Former UNC Freshman PGs

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Comparing/Contrasting Marcus Paige to Recent Former UNC Freshman PGs
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It's rare that a freshman, let alone a point guard, starts for Roy Williams in the first game of the season.

Barring any injuries or a horrific series of showings at practice, this will be the task that is handed to North Carolina's latest floor general, Marcus Paige.

That's a lot to ask of a freshman, but I've been on record throughout the offseason saying he should be the starter. Not only is he ready in terms of his basketball IQ, but he also provides a scoring threat for a Tar Heels squad that saw their only double-digit scorers enter the NBA.

Not only will his performance impact UNC's success this season, but he will also have to face comparisons with the long list of stellar point guards that have played in Chapel Hill.

Though they didn't all start in their first game at UNC, the last four elite point guards did get a good chunk of playing time by mid-season.

And all of them proved they deserved to run the show from tipoff.

There is no doubt in my mind Marcus Paige will be the next star point guard at Carolina. I'm willing to go ahead and put him on the list of elites with the other four.

But which one does he draw the closest comparison to?

I'll save him for last.

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