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St. Charles North's Quinten Payne goes up for a layup last season. Payne committed to Ball State on Monday. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Quinten Payne’s second trip through the college recruiting process is complete.
The St. Charles North senior committed to Ball State on Monday night after making an overnight official visit to the Muncie, Ind., school Sunday. The decision comes just over a month after Payne decommitted from Loyola.
“It just seemed like a great environment at Ball State,” said Payne, who plans to study business at the school. “The coaches are extremely good guys and they have a good vision of where they want the program to go.
“The people at the school really want the program to be a success. When you have all those people backing you, that’s the kind of situation you want to put yourself in so you can become a better person and a better basketball player.”
Payne is a 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 19.8 points and 4.9 rebounds as a senior. He initially committed to Loyola prior to his junior year but backed out of the commitment in March at the same time his older brother Cully Payne left the Ramblers following two years with the team.
Quinten Payne also made official visits to Virginia Tech and Eastern Illinois in recent weeks, but Ball State ended up being the right fit.
James Whitford was hired as the new Cardinals coach April 10. He takes over a Ball State team that finished 15-15 and in third place in the Mid-American West last season.
“If I work hard, do the right things and perform on the court, I should have a great opportunity to play right away as a freshman,” Payne said. “One big thing is I wanted to be able to play right away. I think this is a great opportunity where I’ll be able to come in and make an impact.”
Cully Payne, a Schaumburg graduate, still has one year of eligibility remaining in a college career that included a stop at Iowa prior to Loyola. Quinten Payne said his older brother hasn’t decided on his next move.