Freshman Marcus Paige will more than likely start at point guard for the North Carolina Tarheels for the 2012-13 season, says head coach Roy Williams, as veteran point guard Dexter Strickland is still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in the January 19th game against ACC foe Virginia Tech.
"I expect Paige to be there," said Williams, when asked about the position battle. Paige comes to North Carolina as a 6'0" 157 pound point guard from Linn-Mar High School, where he was widely considered one of the school's best players in school history, after averaging 28.1 points per game and earning a spot on the McDonald's All-American roster.
Talking to reporters at a press conference, Williams also noted that, "Marcus Paige has a chance to be really good. He's a little rascal, but he does know how to play and has savvy and toughness."
Strickland did speak with reporters before Williams's press conference about the situation, saying that it would be up to Williams as to whether the game plan for the season will consist of having Strickland as the starting point guard, or having a dual point guard game plan.
"Personally, I want to play point guard. I want to be the one guard, but I think I'll be interchangeable in a two guard. We'll just have to see what Coach wants." says Strickland.
If Paige were to start the season for the Tarheels at point guard, he would be the first Tarheel freshman to start at point guard since Bobby Frasor in the 2005-06 season.