February 21, 2011

Payne visits Iowa

After a huge win on Friday night for his St. Charles North team over St. Charles East, Quinten Payne was back in the gym on Saturday morning getting up shots before heading to Iowa City to watch his older brother's Hawkeyes face off with Michigan.

Payne is the younger brother of Iowa's Cully Payne, who is currently out with an injury and is likely to miss the rest of the season, but that didn't stop him from making a visit to check out the Iowa Basketball team under Coach Fran McCaffery.

His brother has given very positive reviews to the Iowa program that is now under direction of Coach McCaffery.

"Cully loves it here. He has been able to do too much this year because of his injury, but he loves the coaches and the players on the team. He can't say enough about the way the people here have treated him."

This was Payne's second opportunity to speak with Coach McCaffery, who spent a few minutes with him before the game against the Wolverines.

"When I first got back to the Midwest after being in Florida, I came here to see Cully and spent time with Coach McCaffery. He's a good guy and we talked for bit today and he says that he wants to come see me this summer in AAU."

Payne has previously been offered by Coach Todd Lickliter, but he doesn't know if that offer still stands with Coach McCaffery.

The season, the 2013 combo guard is averaging 18 points a game for St. Charles North and is enjoying being back in Illinois, where he feels the quality of basketball is better night in and night out at the high school level. His return has also caught the eye of college coaches.

"We have a lot of coaches come in. Wisconsin was at the game on Friday night. I really don't know all of the coaches that have been there this year. I let my high school coach and AAU coach keep track of that, but Big Ten coaches have been in."

College coaches will continue to look at the now 6-foot-3 guard, especially this summer during the July evaluation period when he will be playing the Rising Stars program out of the Chicago area.

With his brother expecting to redshirt this season there is a possibility of if Quinten were to come to Iowa that he could play with his brother and that is something that certainly intrigues him.

"I would love to play with Cully," he said with a smile. "I didn't get to do that in high school, so maybe this would be my chance to do that."

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