While he was the head coach at the University of Kansas, the state of Iowa produced several stars for Roy William as Raef Lafrentz, Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison all left Iowa to play for Williams. That trend has continued at North Carolina where Iowa product Harrison Barnes is the Tar Heels second leading scorer as a freshman.
Saturday night, Williams landed his fifth blue-chipper from the state of Iowa when junior point guard Marcus Paige confirmed via press release that he is a Tar Heel.
"The decision process has been difficult and the deciding factors for me include the great relationship that I have developed with Coach Williams and his staff, the history and tradition of North Carolina Basketball, and having the opportunity to play for a National Championship," said Paige in a statement released to the media.
A thin, 6-foot-1 floor general at Marion (Iowa) Linn-Mar the four-star Paige ranks No. 37 overall in the class of 2012 and is the fifth ranked point guard.
The left-handed playmaker is a steady floor general who is efficient in all phases. He gets his teammates involved, gets into the lane and has a knack for making big plays late in ballgames.
Paige is North Carolina's first commitment from the class of 2012.