High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Marcus Paige

Iowa Boys Hoop POY: Marcus Paige

March, 22, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Marcus Paige

THE BASICS

School: Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa)
Grade: Senior
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Paige averaged 28.4 points, four rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game this past season, leading the Lions (20-5) to the Class 4A semifinals. A 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee, he is the No. 23 ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

Academic excellence: Paige has maintained a 4.07 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally as an elementary school motivational speaker, as a youth basketball coach and on behalf of Students OK Without Drugs and Alcohol (SODA).

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Eye on POY: Iowa Boys Basketball

March, 17, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Marcus Paige
Senior point guard, Linn-Mar High (Marion, IA)

2011-12 Team record: 20-5
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class A semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 28.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.7

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: North Carolina

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 McDonald’s All-American; 2012 Jordan Brand Classic selection; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference

Adam Woodbury
Senior center, Sioux City East (Sioux City, IA)

2011-12 Team record: 22-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A state final

2011-12 Points per game: 17.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.7
2011-12 Steals per game: 1

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Iowa

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Kale Abrahamson: Senior forward, Valley (West Des Moines, IA)
Sam Skogen: Senior guard, Mason City (IA)
James Harrington: Senior forward, Cedar Falls (IA)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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