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No one at North Carolina thought that Marcus Paige would be starting his sophomore season at shooting guard.
While P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald sit waiting the results of the school's review and the NCAA's investigation over their eligibility concerns, Paige is getting a crash course on offensive assertiveness.
By playing off the ball, the 6'1" sophomore is proving to be a competent shooter and scorer in the Tar Heels' first three games.
He is looking for and taking shots that he would have passed up a year ago.
With this newfound confidence, Paige is shooting a better percentage from the floor (48.7 percent) and beyond the arc (44.4 percent).
As a result, he is currently averaging 18 PPG, a vast improvement over scoring 8.2 PPG last year as a freshman point guard.
When Paige moves back over to run the point, he will be a more self-assured offensive threat.