BEAUMONT, Tex. — A former guard of the Indiana State Sycamores has opted to transfer closer to home for the remainder of his collegiate career.
After three seasons in Terre Haute, Indiana, red-shirt junior Laquarious Paige is returning to his home state of Texas for his final two years of eligibility in the NCAA. Paige verbally committed to Tic Price and the Lamar Cardinals, and Verbal Commits put out the news via Twitter on Thursday morning.
Paige, a native of West Orange, Texas, put together a solid season in 2016-17. He averaged just over 22 minutes of court time per game, predominately off the bench, and averaged 6.4 points per contest.
His shooting ability was on display over the course of the season. Paige finished the year shooting 46.7% from the floor, 35.7% from three point range, and 85.2% from the free throw line. Add in his 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, and Paige will add some solid depth to the back court rotation for the Cardinals in 2018-19.
In just the fourth game of the season, a 73-71 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones, Paige went for a career-high 20 points, while going 8-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-4 from three point range. It was one of four double-digit scoring games for the 6’3” guard.
Then, on February 11th against the Drake Bulldogs, Paige shot 75% (6-of-8) from the floor for 14 points, helping lead the Sycamores to a 24-point victory, 84-60.
The addition of Paige comes at the perfect time for the Cardinals, as they will lose a considerable amount of guard depth following the 2017-18 season. The likes of Torey Noel, Joey Frenchwood, and Zjori Bosha will all graduate at year’s end.
– T. Bennett