The primary of six outgoing Gators gamers has discovered his new house. Middle Omar Payne, who listed his title on the switch portal final week, introduced through his Twitter account that he has pledged to play for the Illinois Preventing Illini subsequent season.
Payne, a high-end four-star participant within the Recruiting Class of 2019, performed in Gainesville for 2 seasons. He seemed like a coup on the time – he was one of the best large man Florida had managed to drag out of highschool in fairly a while. Actuality wasn’t so good with Payne, who struggled to attain or play efficient protection in Florida’s system, which was by no means a superb match for his model of play.
Throughout his two years as Gator, Payne averaged 3.8 factors in about quarter-hour of play per recreation. It is clearly not dwelling as much as its billing as a high 50 recruit, and it is an apparent candidate for a change in teaching. It can also’t harm to take a small step again within the stage of competitors that he’ll recurrently face.
The Illini are embarking on a undertaking by signing Payne, however it’s not a very dangerous selection on their half. Illinois’ offense is secure within the arms of middle Kofi Cockburn, whose expertise are sufficient to be a monster within the faculty recreation however have not fairly propelled him into critical consideration for the NBA. Payne is ready to fill a stand-in function for Cockburn, hoping to study and replicate his compatriot’s emergence on the NCAA scene.
There may be nonetheless loads of time for the outdated Gator. With three years of eligibility remaining, he’s within the arms of the Illinois teaching workers. He simply must be molded.
At Gators Wire, we provide a giant thanks to Payne for his contribution to this system and want him one of the best in his future with Illinois.