Adam Payton, a 6-3, 180-pound shooting guard from The Lawrenceville School in Burlington, New Jersey, signed Wednesday to play basketball for Vanderbilt and Coach Kevin Stallings.
"He visited the campus last week and he loved it," said Lawrenceville coach Ron Kane. "He should fit right in in the Southeastern Conference."
Payton chose Vanderbilt over Drake, West Virginia, East Carolina and William & Mary, among other schools showing interest. Until late March Vanderbilt had had no scholarships to offer, but one became available when sophomore guard Brendan Plavich announced his intentions to transfer after the season.
In leading Lawrenceville to the state semifinals this past season, Payton averaged 22 points and 7 rebounds and was named All-Prep Player of the Year by the Trenton (N.J.) Times. With 1,390 points in his three-year career at Lawrenceville, Payton became the school's all-time leading scorer.
"Adam is an exceptional athlete and a well-rounded person," Stallings said. "He is coming from The Lawrenceville School, which is a prep school with great academic standards. So, we think he is well prepared academically, emotionally and athletically to join our team. Our hope is that he can contribute immediately and help solidify our perimeter positions."
Payton becomes the fifth signee for Vanderbilt's 2002 signing class. The others, who signed last November, are Bryson Krueger (6-6, Guard, Tempe-Mountain Pointe, Ariz.); Mario Moore (5-11, 155, Point Guard, Nashville-Antioch); Ted Skuchas (6-11, 240, Center, Fort Washington-Germantown Academy, Pa.); and Julian Terrell (6-9, 220, Center/Forward, Nashville-Ezell-Harding).
Men's Hoops: Stallings adds fifth signee
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