Marcus Paige was thrown to the wolves as a freshman at North Carolina. With the early departure of Kendall Marshall, Roy Williams was forced to start the young Tar Heel point guard.
Paige's youth was evident with his early play. Fans were growing impatient, having just witnessed one of the best passers in UNC history the season prior.
Paige simply wasn't at that level yet.
Does that mean he can't become an elite point guard? Absolutely not.
Nobody is born a great point guard. There is simply too much that goes into the position. Very few dominate as freshmen, either—especially in a conference like the ACC.
Paige has the makings of an elite point guard, though. And he could soon be mentioned in the same breath as the many other famous floor generals who have come through Chapel Hill.
But there are three areas of his game he needs to work on before he can reach that level.