CHAPEL HILL -- Ellis Paige grew up in Chicago, where he learned to play basketball and learned about the importance of confidence on city courts against players bigger, older and meaner.
Playing in Chicago, Paige said, “you don’t back down. You always feel like you’re the best.”
He has tried to instill that attitude into his son, Marcus, the freshman point guard at North Carolina.
“I said, ‘Hey man, you know what – the one thing that you don’t realize is every time you go out there you have to compete because everyone on that level is just as good as you are,’ ” the elder Paige said during a recent phone interview. “And that’s a hard thing for him to understand.