In the past couple of decades, Coach Roy Williams has overseen the growth of several talented players.
From Paul Pierce and Kirk Hinrich in his days at Kansas to Tyler Hansbrough and Harrison Barnes in his time at North Carolina, the list of gifted athletes is extensive.
Williams will promptly tell you senior guard Marcus Paige belongs on that list. But lately, the senior has trudged through a prolonged shooting slump. Since scoring 30 points against Florida State on Jan. 4, Paige is 3-for-25 from the field and 1-for-17 from beyond the arc.
It’s something Williams has never seen from a player of Paige’s caliber. The problem is so new for Williams that he has no solution for his star’s difficulties.
“I guess they pay me a lot of money to say ‘I don’t know,’” Williams said. “But I’ve never had a player that I’ve had more confidence in in my entire life than Marcus Paige.”