February 19, 2009

5-star's feet on ground

Adreian Payne might be called a "gentle giant." At 6-10, 215, he turns 18 this week. He is one of the most hotly pursued forwards in the class of 2010, yet on the phone he comes off as shy. He is quick to talk about his Dayton (Ohio) Jefferson team and deflects attention off himself.

West Virginia is one of 10 major schools which have offered the Rivals 5-star junior. He has visited schools locally like Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati, and Ohio State. Major coaches from around the country have come to his tiny school (about 300 kids from junior to senior high under one roof). Yet he is looking forward to senior night on Friday when Middletown comes to call.

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