Evaluation From Scouts, Inc.
May, 2009: Payne has continued to improve and has been extremely productive on both ends of the floor. He is long enough to scratch his knees without bending over. He body reminds me of former UNC great Sam Perkins. He just glides down the floor in transition and can finish above the rim over or around defenders. Payne is very athletic and is more skilled than he gets credit for. He makes quick spin moves in the low post and simply elevates over defenders. He can step out on the perimeter and knock down the mid range jumper off the coach and with time and space even hit the three ball. On defense Payne changes shots he doesn%u2019t block. He can start the fast break with his excellent timing on or away from the ball. Also Payne could be a multiple position defender because of his length and great lateral foot speed. Payne must add strength but he is one of the most athletic and skilled big men in the 2010 class. Full Evaluation Here