Evan Payne Signs With Lions

Evan Payne. Photo by: Roger Sommer of CuyahogaFalls.Patch.com

April 27, 2013

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LOS ANGELES -- Evan Payne, a 6-2 shooting guard from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend LMU starting this fall and play for the Lions' this coming 2013-14 season, LMU Men's Basketball Head Coach Max Good announced on April 27.

Payne attended Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio before attending Kingdom Prep Academy in Columbus, Georgia this past season. At Kingdom, he was part of a program that won back-to-back NACA Division III National Championships, leading the Mighty Lions to the Bull City Classic Championship in Durham, NC this past December.

"We are very excited to have Evan Payne joining the LMU program," said Good. "When in Ohio he was considered one of the top-10 recruits from the state and coming out of prep school he was considered one of the top six post-graduate players. And he has earned that praise. We have been very impressed with his overall game."

Payne was an Associated Press Division II All-Ohio selection his final season at Walsh and the All-Northeast Ohio Inland District Player of the Year. He averaged 24.5 points in the regular season and contributed four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks per game.

"Evan is a gifted athlete and a natural scorer," said Good. "He is very good at attacking and a terrific shooter. He can really finish well. He is not just a really gifted athlete, he is a ver good basketball player."

Payne's most memorable basket in his final season in Ohio came when he launched an off-balance 3-pointer from just beyond mid-court with less than two seconds to go in overtime to defeat Buchtel 63-60 in a Division II district final. Payne grabbed a rebound, then dribbled to his right and proceeded up the court to his left when he shot the ball off the backboard and through the net to give him 18 points.

He scored 16 points in Walsh's 63-51 loss to eventual state champion St. V-M in a regional semifinal.



Payne set the Walsh single-game record for scoring, twice reaching 37 points. His first 37-point game came against visiting Hoban in a 71-66 win on Jan. 22, 2010 and his second 37-point game came against visiting Cleveland St. Ignatius in a 65-58 win on Feb. 6, 2011.

Payne joins Patson Siame for the Lions' incoming class in 2013-14. Siame is a 6-10 forward from Zambia who is attending Trinity International in Las Vegas. Siame was on the World Roster for the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit and was invited to the Adidas Nations Camp, both of which features that top young players in the nation. In addition to attending Trinity, Siame plays at Impact Basketball Academy and was ranked the No. 21 center by ESPN.



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