AURORA | The basketball pipeline between Aurora and Fort Collins got a little bit stronger Wednesday, when Rangeview star Jeremiah Paige gave his verbal commitment to Colorado State during a campus visit.
The 6-foot-2 combo guard agreed to join a Rams program that will also include his former high school teammate, Marcus Holt, as well as one of his main district rivals in Aurora Central graduate Carlton Hurst.
Both Holt — who signed out of junior college — and Hurst will be part of the Colorado State program next season, while Paige — who scored just under 20 points per game last season for the Raiders and made the Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Basketball first team — will head north 2014.
“It feels good, just knowing where I’m going to go to school in the future,” Paige said in a phone interview. “I knew I was going to commit last week, but I was just excited and ready to get it off my chest. Colorado State was the best school for me.”
Paige — whose grandfather and great uncle played basketball at Colorado State as well — paid a visit to the campus on Wednesday, getting a tour of the school’s dorms, viewing some improvements being made at Moby Arena where the Rams play and talking to academic advisors.
Rangeview coach Shawn Palmer knew it was possible for Paige to commit and was thrilled when he did.
“The first phone call I got after Jeremiah played so well as a sophomore was from Colorado State, so they’ve been in his corner for the last 14 months or so,” Palmer said. “I’m happy for him. It’s well deserved and he’s put in a lot of work with the three years he’s been with us.
He had tremendous potential as a freshman, but we’ve had a lot of guys who had that kind of potential as freshmen. Jeremiah is a gym rat and he continues to put the work in and develop his game. All the coaches are really proud of him.”
Paige is coming off an outstanding season that saw him average just a shade until 20 points per game as well as 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per contest. His season high of 40 points came in Rangeview’s wild overtime win over Highlands Ranch in a Class 5A second round state playoff game.
Paige also received his first bid to the Show All-Star Game, sponsored by the Denver Nuggets, and teamed with five of Aurora’s other best players — Hurst, Regis Jesuit’s Josh Perkins, Eaglecrest’s TreShawn Wilford, Grandview’s Eric Garcia and Overland’s De’Ron Davis — to win the game featuring the top 20 players in the state.
With the graduation of Hurst, Wilford, Garcia and Cherokee Trail’s Drick Bernstine, plus Perkins’ announced move from Regis Jesuit to Huntington (W. Va.) Prep, Paige should be the class of Aurora basketball in the 2013-14 season, along with Davis and teammate Austin Conway at Overland.
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