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Cully Payne, a senior point guard at Schaumberg, IL HS, has signed a national letter of intent to join the University of Iowa basketball program.  Iowa men's Basketball Coach Todd Lickliter made the announcement Wednesday.

"Cully is a true point guard, although he can play the two position as well," said Lickliter.  "He is a very effective point guard and shoots the ball well.  He's a very competitive player who plays the game at a great pace.  He's an excellent addition to our program."

Payne (6-1, 180) played in just 16 games as a senior due to injury.  Despite missing the final 13 games of his senior season, Payne was a unanimous selection to the Mid-Suburban all-Conference team and was named West Division Player of the Year for the second straight year.  The Daily Herald and Pioneer Press newspapers named Payne to their all-Area teams in each of the past two seasons.  He was named first team all-state by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association as a senior after earning second team honors as a junior.

He averaged 21.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest as a senior, leading his team to 14 straight wins to begin the season before being injured.  Payne shot 49% from the field, 38% from three-point range and 82% from the free throw line.  He averaged 20.5 points and six assists in four conference games.  His career-high is 39 points and he scored in double figures in 15 of 16 games.

As a junior Payne scored 16.8 points per outing while averaging 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals.  He shot 46% from the field, 30% from three-point range and 81% from the free throw line.  Payne had a career-best 10 assists in two games while leading Schaumberg to a 19-10 overall record.

 

Lickliter and the Iowa staff signed two prep players during the early signing period in November, guard Eric May (6-5, 220) of Dubuque, IA and forward/center Brennan Cougill (6-9, 260) of Sioux City, IA.

May earned first team all-state honors as a junior and senior.  He led Wahlert HS to the Class 3-A state title as a junior, averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.  This past season he averaged 24.3 points and 9.1 rebounds as Wahlert (18-7) earned a return trip to the state tournament before a loss in the quarter-finals.

(Courtesy University of Iowa Athletics)

 

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