Colorado State has added themselves a point guard.
Antwan Scott, a 6-foot-1 point guard who spent the past season at Grambling, is headed to Fort Collins to play for the Rams. Scott averaged 15.7 points, 4.7 boards and 3.8 assists for the Tigers last season. He picked Larry Eustachy’s club over Tennessee. Scott should battle another transfer, John Gillon, for the starting point guard spot vacated when Jon Octeus left the program.
“Coach (Larry) Eustachy is one of the best one’s doing it right now, to be honest,” Scott told The News Star. “It was tough, man. Tennessee is a great place. It’s an amazing place. My heart is with Colorado State.”
Scott has bounced around quite a bit in his collegiate career. He spent two seasons at Ranger College in Texas before transferring to Idaho. But before he suited up for the Vandals, he left to transfer to Grambling to be closer to his ailing mother, who passed away last year. He sat out the 2012-2013 season as a transfer and played this past season, enduring a 5-52 record in the two years that he was in Louisiana.
Scott will be eligible to play in 2014-2015 and could push for a starting spot in Colorado State’s back court. The Rams, already considered a sleeper in the Mountain West, got better with this addition.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — He’s back.
For the first time this season — and for the first time in more than a year that he hasn’t been hampered with some kind of foot or ankle injury — Marcus Paige donned a North Carolina jersey, and it didn’t take him long to find the form that made him the NBCSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year.
On the first Tar Heel possession, Paige came off of a ball-screen, drove the lane and found Kennedy Meeks at the rim for a layup. Not 30 seconds later, he came off of a down screen and buried a three. Paige would finish with 20 points and five assists as No. 9 North Carolina put together a fairly resounding win over No. 2 Maryland in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night, winning 89-81.
Paige finished 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, hitting a number of threes in the second half that helped hold off a Maryland push sparked by their own all-american point guard, Melo Trimble.
Trimble was erratic early on, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes and eight on the night, but it was his play at the end of the first half and early second half that kept North Carolina from blowing their doors. At one point, Maryland was down 32-19 and in danger of getting run out of Tobacco Road.
In total, Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists, hitting four big threes during that stretch. He either scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland’s first 12 second half field goals.
As good as Paige was, the bigger story may actually be Joel Berry II. He took two dumb threes in the first half — which played a role in Maryland being able to make this a game — and he missed a few free throws late, but overall he was terrific. He finished with 14 points and five assists, making 3-of-5 threes and turning the ball over just twice. He’s clearly beat Nate Britt out at the point guard spot, and his ability to take pressure off of Paige as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker is huge.
(More to come from Chapel Hill…)
North Carolina is hosting No. 2 Maryland in a heated contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps sophomore guard Melo Trimble is playing very well and part of his performance was dropping North Carolina’s Nate Britt with a crossover in the second half.
(H/T: The Cauldron)