Morgan Paige commits to Wisconsin

Marion's Morgan Paige, here shooting in a regional semifinal against Anamosa, has committed to play women's basketball at the University of Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Slosiarek)

Marion's Morgan Paige, here shooting in a regional semifinal against Anamosa, has committed to play women's basketball at the University of Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Slosiarek)

MARION — Morgan Paige didn’t expect to make a decision so quickly.

But, she figured after a visit to the University of Wisconsin last week, why wait?

“I just didn’t feel the need to wait,” Paige said Monday in announcing her verbal commitment to play women’s basketball at Wisconsin, beginning in the 2010-11 season.

Paige, a junior at Marion High School, took an unofficial visit to Madison last week.

“We went last Wednesday, and I went to class and watched the girls go through individual workouts,” Paige said. “I got to hang out with the team, and after I saw the way they interacted with the coaches, I felt it all kind of clicked.”

By Friday, Paige had made up her mind. Wisconsin had won out over Drake. She also turned down Northern Iowa and Creighton.

“She told me (Wisconsin) had everything she wanted,” said Sherryl Gaffney-Paige, Morgan’s mother and coach. “I asked her if she was sure. She said she was sure. I’m excited for her. You know when you have the fit, and she said Wisconsin just fit for her.”

Paige is a two-time first-team all-state selection. She helped lead the Indians to the state semifinals as a sophomore. Last season, Marion finished 22-2, with both losses coming to Dubuque Wahlert, including one in the regional finals.

She was the starting setter for the 3A state-championship volleyball team last fall.

A 5-foot-9 guard, Paige averaged 20.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game last season. She is one of three current female Metro girls that have committed to the Big Ten. Jaime Printy (senior, Linn-Mar) has signed to play at Iowa; Jade Rogers (junior, Cedar Rapids Kennedy) has committed to the Hawkeyes. 

Wisconsin was 19-15 last season, 6-12 in the Big Ten, and reached the third round of the WNIT.

“They’re starting to switch their offense toward a running, motion offense,” Paige said. “They graduate two or three of their guards between now and the time I’ll get up there, so I should have an opportunity to go up there and make an impact.”

Other Iowa girls that have figured prominently in the UW women’s program include Robin Threatt (Cedar Rapids Jefferson), Barb Franke (Cedar Falls) and Stephanie Rich (Washington, Iowa).

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