Jeremiah Paige led the Rams in minutes played last year, and will now see a bigger role on offense
With Gian Clavell and Emmanuel Omogbo gone, Paige could be CSU’s most important player
Paige connected on multiple three-pointers in 14 games last season
We now move on to the 21st-ranked player in the MWC Wire basketball countdown.
Coming in at #21 is Colorado State guard J.D. Paige.
Paige scored 8.8 points per game last season to go along with 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists and started each of CSU’s 36 games. Though he had a significant role within the Colorado State rotation (led the team in minutes played with 1,171) he was never considered a #1 or #2 option with seniors Gian Clavell and Emmanuel Omogbo on the floor.
Now that both Clavell and Omogbo have moved on, Paige will be at the controls along with fellow guard Prentiss Nixon (13.2 PPG). Paige will likely start every Rams game this season, but he will be asked to do a lot more on offense (16.4% usage percentage and 1.01 points per possession last year).
Paige has yet to be a truly efficient player, as he’s shot 35.9% from the field over the past two seasons. The Denver native continues to shine defensively, where he recorded either a steal or block in 27 of 36 appearances last season. His defensive efficiency improved by .063 points per possession in 2016-17, and he could be a legitimate contender for the conference’s defensive player of the year award come March.
If Paige can increase his production while simultaneously elevating his usage within the CSU offense, the Rams could surprise some teams.