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Marcus Paige started four seasons at North Carolina and played with the Charlotte Hornets last season. (Photo: Robert L. Poston/CarolinaBlue) 

Former North Carolina star point guard Marcus Paige has signed with BC Partizan NIS Beograd of the Basketball League of Serbia. Partizan, is a men's professional basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia.

Paige, 24, played under a two-way deal with the Charlotte Hornets in 2017-18, where he appeared in five games and averaged 5.6 minutes and 2.4 points per game. Paige spent most of the 2017-18 season with the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornet's G-League affiliate. In 46 games for Greensboro, Paige averaged 15.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

Paige replaces former Gonzaga standout Nigel Williams-Goss (now an Olympiacos player) on the roster of the Serbian club.

A four-year starter for UNC (2012-16), Paige was named a Second-Team All-American following his sophomore season and a two-time All-ACC performer during his college career. He was a three-time Academic All-American. Paige averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game at North Carolina while becoming one of the best leaders and perimeter defenders coached by Roy Williams at UNC.

Paige's best season at UNC was the All-American campaign in 2013-14 when the Iowa native averaged 17.5 points and shot 44.0 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point range. A prolific, yet at times inconsistent shooter and scorer, Paige notched multiple game-winners during his time at Carolina. But, his most famous shot was the off balance, midair, double-pump three-point shot with 4.3 seconds remaining which tied the score in the 2016 National Championship against Villanova. The Wildcats would score on the next possession to win the title.

Paige was a 247Sports Composite four-star prospect out of Lin-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. He was ranked the No. 30 overall player and the No. 4 point guard in the 2012 class. Paige was part of a four-player 2012 North Carolina signing class that also featured Brice Johnson, J.P. Tokoto, and Joel James.

Paige was drafted No. 55 overall to the Utah Jazz in the 2016 NBA Draft. He played for the Salt Lake City Stars of the G-League during the 2016-17 season.

After two seasons of professional basketball in the United States, Paige will go international for the next step in his career. The Basketball League of Serbia is the highest tier level men's professional club basketball competition in Serbia.