Basketball’s Top Recruiter Being Courted


Published: April 24, 2008


When Oregon hired Kenny Payne to an assistant coaching position in the summer of 2004. Payne has been monumental in landing multiple recruits and being the main recruiter of the midwest since being at Oregon.

The Commercial Appeal has ran a story today listing Payne as one of the prime targets for Memphis’ John Calipari’s open assistant coaching positions that specializes in the Recruiting aspect for the Tigers.

The former Lousiville player was given his first coaching position at Oregon and immidetly became a hot coach in the coaching circuit while being a key player in the recruitment of Juniors Tajaun Porter from Detroit, MI, LeKendric Longmire from Pascagoula, Miss, and Joevon Catron from Chicago, IL.

With his deep south roots and ability to connect well to kids back east and the midwest Payne was again a huge reason why the trio of Michael Dunigan, Matt Humphrey, and Josh Crittle came to Oregon.

All three are friends with Catron and the relationship that Catron and Payne and the rest of the staff have played a big role in all three recruits coming to Oregon next fall.

Memphis want’s to tap into the Detroit area and other large cities in the midwest has made Payne their prime target.

Keeping Payne at Oregon will not be something Kent will have to focus on as well as finding the last recruit for the 2008 class if he finds an athlete worth offering.

Kent will have to re-recruit his best recruiter. How ironic is that?

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