Though the Atlanta Hawks are notoriously frugal in releasing NBA Draft workout information, another interesting potential target surfaced within the four walls of Philips Arena this week. In this case, it was former North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige, who reportedly visited for a workout on Thursday.
North Carolina's Marcus Paige worked out for the Hawks yesterday. He is in Charlotte today.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) June 17, 2016
Paige, who stands at 6-foot-2 with a 6-foot-6 wingspan, has been one of the more visible college players in the country over the past few seasons, peaking with last year’s deep NCAA Tournament run by the Tar Heels. However, the highly accomplished point guard is seen as a fringe second-round prospect, ranking as the number 65 overall prospect by ESPN and as the number 66 overall prospect by DraftExpress.
At this point, Paige could be seen as a long-term option as a backup point guard in the NBA, but he lacks upper echelon physical tools. It should be noted that he was highly efficient at times while at UNC, including a 37.5% career mark from three-point distance, but Paige profiles more as an extremely capable college player that may latch on for only a small NBA role.
The Hawks do have some ammunition in the second round with picks at 44 and 54, but Paige likely jumps in line with dozens of other prospects on Atlanta’s radar right now. Stay tuned.