December 19, 2013

Update on CSU Signee Jeremiah Paige

Jeremiah Paige, a Colorado State signee from CSU's own backyard, displayed his full arsenal of moves on Tuesday night. In a tough 80-74 overtime loss to a good Smoky Hill team, Paige did everything in his power to carry his Rangeview Raiders team, a school in Aurora, Colorado.

The 6'2 senior combo guard, listed as a 3 star prospect by Rivals, used his quickness, slashing ability, and smooth jumper to lead Rangeview with 27 points against Smoky Hill. Paige swooshed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Raiders a 17-13 lead at the end of the first quarter in a game that was close throughout. Paige created off the bounce and got to the rim several times and either scored or got fouled. He was efficient scoring as he went 7-11 from the field and 11-13 from the charity stripe. He showed off his explosive athleticism on a big fastbreak dunk and on a high rising block. Paige also displayed the ability to create his own shot from the perimeter as he used hesitation moves and a good handle to get separation from the defender and pull up for jumpers. His quickness caused problems for Smoky Hill. Paige also dished out six assists. On the defensive end, Paige's long arms grabbed three steals and deflected a few other passes. He played solid defense and ignited fastbreaks quickly.

Despite a very solid individual performance, Paige was not pleased with how the game went and appeared solely focused on the team during an interview afterwards. "I think the season is going well. I think that we just need to pick it up more on defense. I don't have any individual goals. This is a team sport, so it needs to be team goals."

Paige is averaging 21.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks per game and shooting 56% from the field for 4-2 Rangeview. He is expected to be firmly in the mix to garner All-Colorado honors this season after being named Second Team All-State for 5A, the largest classification in Colorado, as a junior. Rangeview is the East Metro League favorite and will look to make another deep run in the state tourney after reaching the Final Four two seasons ago and the Sweet 16 last season. Paige will need to keep developing his all around game, gain weight and strength, and continue to mature his on court demeanor, but he was a big local signing for Coach Eustachy and will be a talented incoming recruit. Paige is a high school shooting guard but projects as a point guard for CSU.

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