New Ball State men's basketball coach James Whitford strikes those that meet him as a guy that is always prepared. That proved to be the case recently when Whitford hit the recruiting trail and secured his third perimeter player in the class of 2013.
Quinten Payne has signed scholarship papers with Ball State to compete for the men's basketball program beginning with the 2013-14 season.
“Quinten loves the game of basketball,” Whitford said in a release. “He has the desire to be a great player."
The 6-foot-5 wing played at St. Charles (Ill.) North High School, where he was recently named as an honorable mention all-state senior season in Illinois' Class 4A.
Payne originally signed last fall with Loyola (ill.). However, when his older brother, Cully, left the Ramblers program in late March, Quentin re-opened his recruitment.
Payne scored 1,354 points over three seasons at St. Charles North, earning All-Upstate Eight Conference honors all three years. He averaged 19.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season and shot 39 percent from 3-point range.
He is ranked as the 10th-best player in the Illinois Class of 2013 and the No. 45 small forward in the country by ESPN Recruiting Nation. He averaged 17 points and 6.7 rebounds as a junior.
Payne joins other Cardinal recruits Zavier Turner (Pike High School, Indianapolis), Franko House (Concord High School, Elkhart), and Mark Alstork (Thurgood Marshall High School, Dayton).
"He brings a skill set that will make our team better with his ability to both shoot and drive the basketball," Whitford said. "He is a versatile player who loves to compete and wants to be great.”