MUNCIE, Ind. -- Quinten Payne, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard and small forward from St. Charles, Ill., has signed scholarship papers with Ball State to compete for the men’s basketball program.
Payne played at St. Charles North High School, where recently completed an honorable mention all-state senior season in Illinois’ Class 4A.
He will be a freshman for Ball State in 2013-14, joining Zavier Turner of Pike High School Indianapolis, Franko House of Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind., and Mark Alstork of Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton, Ohio, in Ball State’s incoming class.
“Quinten loves the game of basketball,” Ball State coach James Whitford said. “He has the desire to be a great player. He brings a skill set that will make our team better with his ability to both shoot and drive the basketball. He is a versatile player who loves to compete and wants to be great.”
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 for coach Thomas Poulin and shot 39 percent from 3-point range.
Payne 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.
Both of Payne’s parents, Kent and Sherry, played college basketball, as do his brother Cully and sister Katlyn. Quinten played his freshman season at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla., before making the move to St. Charles North.