June 30, 2012

Rangeview guard considers UW visit

With a strong list of headliners leading the way, the Wyoming basketball team camp should be a virtual who's who of future Division I basketball players. Whether or not Rangeview's Jeremiah Paige, one of the top 2014 prospects from the Denver-area, will be among them is yet to be seen.

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound combo guard from Aurora (Colo.) said he isn't sure he will make it to Laramie this week, but is hearing quite a bit from the Wyoming coaching staff.

"They really want me to come down there," Paige said. "They feel like they like me a lot, so I am thinking of going down there. I am not sure yet if I will be there this week though.

"They (the UW staff) is staying in touch with me."

Paige posted averages of 14 points, four rebounds and three assists per game on his way to an Honorable Mention All-State honors. Paige was a key cog on a Rangeview team that went 22-5 last season on its way to Colorado's Final Four. He is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but is becoming very familiar with the front-range schools.

If Paige makes it to Laramie it will be his third unofficial visit of his recruitment, as he has taken in Colorado and Colorado State previously.

"I visited CU and CSU," he said. "I liked both. (If he goes to Wyoming for a visit) I just want to know what the program is about and I want to ask about how the school is, because I am interested in law school."

Paige is playing this summer for the Colorado Hawks, who have experienced a fair measure of success. He said his work with the Hawks is only half the effort he is putting in.

"I am working out a lot - basically being a gym rat," he said. "I am waking up early in the morning and going to the gym. Really, I am working on defense. That is almost all I am practicing."

Paige said he doesn't mind going out-of-state if it is close enough to let his family see him play.

When asked about a scouting report on himself, Paige offered this advice: "If I was talking to someone who would be playing against me, I would say play your hardest against him. He is a lefty. He can shoot the ball well. He can play defense and dribble. You just have to play with him and play your hardest."

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