By Joe Henricksen
The news just gets better and better at Loyola. Now coach Porter Moser and his staff are dipping into the talented Class of 2013 with the Friday commitment from Quenten Payne of St. Charles North.
Moser was on the job less than two weeks in April when he was able to land Iowa transfer and former Schaumburg star Cully Payne. Now Cully Payne's brother, Quenten, is on board.
The St. Charles North star is one of the top players in Illinois in the Class of 2013. The 6-4 guard put together a solid sophomore season for the North Stars, averaging 13 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds a game, and had a terrific summer on the AAU circuit.
Payne, a big, strong and more athletic-than-you-think perimeter player, is a huge recruiting coup for Loyola as his recruitment was just beginning to pick up steam. He is among the top 12 players in what is an impressive junior class in Illinois. And he adds to a growing list of talented players that have transferred and committed to Loyola since Moser took over in April.
Payne's commitment caps of an active and productive August for Loyola, which received four commitments in the Class of 2012 -- a pair of Chicago area guards in Thornwood's Darrell Combs and Proviso East's Keith Carter, 6-8 Nick Osborne from Muncie (Central), Ind., and 6-7 Matt O'Leary from Terre Haute (North), Ind.