Caulton Tudor • staff columnist
North Carolina’s basketball season is over but the injury list just keeps growing.
Recruit Marcus Paige, predicted by many to take over the Tar Heels playmaker role in 2012-13, has been scratched from a weekend all-star game in Portland, Ore.
Paige, a 6-foot-1 left-hander, suffered a foot injury at some point late last week during practice sessions in Portland.
The extent of the injury isn’t known at this point. Efforts were not immediately successful to reach officials at Portland’s Hoop Summit or at Paige’s high school in Marion, Iowa.
On his Twitter page (@marcuspaige15), Paige had a post saying that he was “kinda mad that I had to limp around … my foot was all messed up …”
Paige was replaced on the Hoop Summit roster by Pittsburgh signee James Robinson of Hyattsville (Md.) De Matha.
Still scheduled to participate in the Hoop Summit is Duke signee Rasheed Sulaimon.
The USA team will face a World Select team on Saturday night in Portland’s Rose Garden arena.
UNC’s season ended March 25 in St. Louis against Kansas in the NCAA Midwest championship game.
Late-season injuries to Kendall Marshall and John Henson undermined Tar Heel hopes to reach the Final Four.