After dealing with multiple injuries last season, the 2015-16 season was going to be one of redemption for North Carolina’s Marcus Paige.
The senior point guard has been widely considered as an All-American and Player of the Year candidate leading up to the start of the season. As a team, the North Carolina Tar Heels are considered one of the top threats to win the National Championship, and they enter the regular season as the #1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings.
Just when things were looking squeaky clean for the Tar Heels, bad news struck and it involves their senior star.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Marcus Paige would miss the next three-to-four weeks due to a broken finger on his non-shooting hand sustained in practice.
After dealing with various leg injuries in 2014-15, Paige was still able to average 14.5 points and 4.5 assists per game for the Tar Heels while shooting 40% from the floor. Leading up to this season, Paige has only missed one game in his entire NCAA career, but that number is going to increase this year.
The Tar Heels open the season on November 13th as a part of the Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy, when they take on the Temple Owls.
With the injury, Paige will likely miss North Carolina’s road game on November 21st against the Northern Iowa Panthers. Paige was born in nearby Marion, IA, and this game was going to serve as a return home of sorts for him, likely playing in front of friends and family.
Due to Paige’s injury, Coach Roy Williams will have to turn to others to fill the void. Nate Britt and Joel Berry II are both realistic candidates to fill the point guard spot in Paige’s absence, but don’t rule out anything with Williams at the helm.