CHAPEL HILL – University of North Carolina sophomore guard Marcus Paige is the Co-Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week along with Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon. Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis is the ACC Freshman of the Week.
Paige was cited for his performances in UNC road wins over NC State and Virginia Tech. It is the second week in a row and the fourth time this season Paige has won ACC Player of the Week honors. He previously received the award following UNC wins over Louisville, Kentucky, Florida State, Duke and Wake Forest.
Paige is the only player to win ACC Player of the Week honors four times this season. Pittsburgh's Lamar Patterson is a three-time winner and Duke's Jabari Parker and Notre Dame's Eric Atkins have each won twice.
Paige is the first Tar Heel to win ACC Player of the Week honors four times in one season since Tyler Hansbrough won the award a record eight times en route to earning National Player of the Year honors in 2007-08.
Only two Tar Heels – Hansbrough and Antawn Jamison – have earned more player of the week honors in one season than Paige. Jamison was a seven-time recipient in 1997-98, the year he was the National Player of the Year. Paige, Jamison (1996-97) and Joseph Forte (2000-01) are the only other Tar Heels to win the award at least four times in a season.
Paige scored 31 of his career-high 35 points in the second half and overtime – including the game-winning basket with 0.9 seconds to play – in UNC's 85-84 win at NC State last Wednesday night. The Marion, Iowa, native went 11 of 21 from the floor, including a career-high 7 of 12 from three-point range. Paige connected on five threes in the second half and two more in overtime. Both of his threes in overtime came with UNC trailing by six points.
Paige's 35 points were the most by a Tar Heel since Harrison Barnes had 40 vs. Clemson in 2011. The seven 3-pointers were the most by a UNC player since Will Graves hit seven vs. Dayton in 2010. Paige added nine points in Saturday's 60-56 win at Virginia Tech and did not commit a turnover. He had one turnover in 71 minutes in last week's two games.
Paige is averaging 17.2 points and 4.5 assists this year and is shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 39.7 percent from three-point range and 89.1 percent from the free throw line.