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In this January 2020 file photo, Jaysean Paige poses for a jump shot during a Maine’s NBA G League game in Erie, Pennsylvania. PJ photos by Scott Kindberg

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Jaysean Paige will be joining “League.”

The former Jamestown High School basketball star has reached an agreement with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons on a 10-day contract, hoopsrumors.com reported Friday morning.

According to website Luke Adams, the Pistons have seen a lot of roster turnover this month, with eight players currently on health and safety protocols. In fact, they’ve already signed seven other players to tough 10-day deals, so Paige is on his way to being the eighth.

Paige’s signing comes on the heels of a 39-point performance, five rebounds and four steals for the NBA Maine Celtics in the Showcase Cup quarterfinals in Las Vegas earlier this month. So far this season, he’s averaged 16.9 points and shot 45% from the field, including 37% from the arc, and 87% from the foul streak in 14 games.

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The 6-foot-2 guard’s arrival with the Pistons sealed a hoops journey that began as a Red Raider when he averaged 26 points per game and led the program to the Final Four at New York State High School Athletics in Glens Falls in 2011.

After moving to Hazard, Kentucky and playing at Perry County High School in his senior year, Paige landed at Southern Idaho College for a year, averaging 13.6 points. Transferred to Moberly Area Community College (Missouri) when he was a sophomore where he averaged 21 points; Then he moved to West Virginia University.

Under coach Bob Huggins, Big went from averaging 5.6 points per game as a rookie to 14.3 points per game as a senior when he was the sixth man receiver for this year’s Big 12 Conference. Highlights that season included Paige scoring 34 career points against Iowa State and having 26 points, five possessions and four rebounds as the Mountaineers beat top-ranked Kansas.

Prior to this season, Paige played for teams in Germany, North Macedonia, England, Hungary and Puerto Rico. He previously spent time with Maine during the 2019-20 season.

“I am very proud of him and really happy that he finally achieved his goal of playing in the NBA,” said Ben Drake, Jamestown High School coach. “He beat the odds every step of the way. We saw for ourselves how good he was in high school. I thought he was really unrequited.

“Obviously he had great experiences and opportunities to play in several different countries (after college)…and he always believed in himself….I know he will do everything in his power to make the most of it.”

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Paige is believed to be the second Chautauqua County player to reach the NBA. Ironically, Silver Creek native George Carter was chosen by the Pistons in the eighth round of the 1967 NBA Draft. He played only one game with the Pistons and eventually joined the Washington Caps for the NBA. Carter went on to play seven seasons in the ABA.

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