Off the Beaten Path: Music and basketball, together in harmony

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – One talented musician right here in the Wabash Valley comes all the way from Texas. But, it’s not his music that led Laquarious Paige to the Hoosier State.

“I pretty much just start off with an idea and expand on it as I play,” Page explained.

He is self-taught on both the piano and the guitar. Instruments are almost like extensions of his own hands, freeing feelings into a beautiful sound.

“It’s always been there to express myself,” he told News 10. “Even if no one’s listening it’s still a channel for me to get that out.”

Paige composes quite the melody in his free time, but he is just as dynamic on the basketball court.

Two talents that seem so different, but have striking similarities.

“Really good music is putting together possession after possession after possession, that’d be my take,” stated Greg Lansing, Indiana State men’s basketball coach.

A deep desire to succeed…

“It all comes down to practice especially with music, but passion is the reason why you practice I feel like,” Paige said. “You keep practicing because you want to.”

…setting Paige up to score on the floor, and hit the right note at the keyboard.

“If he continues to do what he’s doing right now I think the sky’s the limit for him as far as his music career but you know I think Coach Lansing wants him to focus on basketball for the time being so we’ll see what he does after school,” said Khristian Smith, Indiana State Basketball.

Music and basketball; two key components of one young man’s life.

“Music’s been there when basketball wasn’t, and basketball’s been there when music wasn’t so always love them…”

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