Quinten Payne Talks About Interest in Iowa

Iowa struck gold when it landed PG Cully Payne for its 2009 recruiting class. The Hawkeyes now are pursuing his younger brother Quinten Payne. Quinten talks about being offered early by Iowa and how he sees is recruitment unfolding in this premium update.

Cully Payne offered his brother, Quinten Payne, some simple advice when the younger sibling attended Iowa's Elite Camp in early August.

"He just said don't even worry about the whole recruiting process because I'm so young," the 15-year-old (he'll be 16 in March) Quinten said. "He said to just go out and play my game and do whatever I've got to do to have fun and for the love of the game. That's what I did."

It turned out to be a pretty good tip from older to younger brother.

"Later on that day, I went up into Coach (Todd) Lickliter's office and he offered (a scholarship)," Quinten said. "It was a total surprise. I never saw it coming."

It represented Quinten's first, and to this point, only scholarship offer. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard said that outside of Iowa he has received the most interest from Florida, Miami and Auburn.

Cully attended Schaumburg (Ill.) High, but Quinten and the family moved to Fort Myers, Fla. before this school year. Their father, Kent Payne, transferred his job to the Sunshine State.

"It worked out well," Quinten said. "I have a great high school coach. He went to the final four last year. So, we're looking to get even farther this year. It should be a good year. Wherever I go, as long as there's good basketball, I find a way to love it."

Quinten started his AAU season with a team out of Libertyville, Ill. but joined the Florida Elite squad from Tampa in July. He enrolled at Bishop Verot High in Fort Myers, where he'll be a freshman.

Quinten said that his game differs quite a bit from that of his brother. He said he'd remind people more of 2010 Iowa commit Ben Brust than Cully.

"He's a true point guard," Quinten said of Cully. "He'll give the ball up and have 10 or 12 assists a game. I'd be one of the guys that would receive the pass from him.

"I can bring it up and play point guard, but I'm more of a scoring point guard. But playing off guard is probably my strong point. I like to score off of the wing or beat somebody off the dribble."

The younger Payne said he is trying to diversify his game.

"I used to be a pure shooting guard where I would catch and shoot or get to the rim," he said. "Now, my new AAU coach is trying to get me to be a bigger point guard. I've been working on bringing the ball up and breaking traps, breaking presses and being a lot better with the ball."

Cully ended up at Iowa after committing to two other schools. DePaul and Arkansas both changed coaches. Quinten witnessed the process.

"I'm looking to go somewhere where the coaches are individual coaches more than worrying about having to win a certain number of games," Quinten said. "I would rather be made a better player and win having great skilled players around me rather than have a bunch of guys around you that live on athleticism. I would rather be on a team where there's respect and a skilled game rather than just running up and down the floor. I would rather have a coach like Coach Lickliter who is very disciplined and demands respect."

Quinten will visit Iowa on Oct. 10 for the Michigan football game.

"I probably won't see the coaches too much," Quinten said. "I might follow my brother for a class or two."

Quinten feels like he has an advantage with Cully being at Iowa even though they wouldn't play together there.

"It gives me more of an inside view of how the coaches are and how the coaches treat him," Quinten said. "It gives me more information on how things really are on the campus and how Coach Lickliter is recruiting. If I went there, I would know what I'm getting into right away instead of going to a college where I have no idea what's going to go on."

The younger Payne doesn't have any idea when he might make a decision on college.

"As of right now, I really don't know," he said. "I'm just waiting for my first high school season. I'm going up to Iowa to go see my brother and see how that goes and see how everything plays out."

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