Presque Isle, Maine – The University of Maine at Presque Isle is proud to announce that Paige Espling, a senior at Caribou High School, will be wearing the blue, gold and white in the fall of 2020 as she continues her education and basketball career at UMPI.
Espling, a 6'1" center had a stellar basketball career at Caribou High School. Paige averaged a double-double with 12.4 points per game for the Vikings as well as 12.4 rebounds. She shot 47% from the field while recording 5.2 blocked shots per contest and averaging 2 assists per game. "Paige will give us some much needed length in the post," said UMPI Head Coach Gavin Kane. "I have been watching her play for 3 years now and I have seen tremendous growth in her game. Defensively she can impact a game because of her shot blocking ability and ability to alter shots. Many players get into foul trouble trying to block everything but Paige has excellent timing which you don't often see. Offensively I believe that she has a great upside. She has a good touch from the elbow areas, can score inside with either hand and is deceptive in her quickness with post moves."
"Despite her quiet demeanor, Paige has a huge presence inside," stated Caribou Coach Kayla Richards-Brown. "She averaged 5.2 blocks and 12.4 rebounds per game this season. She was also the team's leading scorer. She is a great teammate and will be an excellent addition to the UMPI program next winter."
After missing my junior basketball season due to injury I realized just how much I loved the sport," said Espling. "So it made sense to continue my basketball career at a higher level. I look forward to playing with new people, gaining experiences and seeing what UMPI has to offer."
"Paige is another student-athlete who people speak of highly in regards to her character. Those are the type of young ladies we are excited about bringing into our Program," added Kane. Espling will be majoring in Elementary Education while attending The University of Maine at Presque Isle.